Say Anything… (1989)


Truly, “Say Anything” is one of the most iconic romance movies of all time. It’s a last gasp of the eighties and in many ways a very touching tale of two people finding one another. But one of the best things about it is the final scene. Much in the way “The Graduate” ended, “Say Anything” puts our characters through the ringer, and then throws everything up in the air leaving it there for the audience to figure out what will happen next. Like Benjamin and Elaine in “The Graduate,” our young couple sits on a plane awaiting their fate and look at one another pondering on what the future holds.

For some it may hold the excitement of the future, and the prospects of a new incredible love between two lost people. But it veers dangerously close to being a depressing finale, for me. “Say Anything” is a very sweet romantic drama, but can we really have faith in a romance between two people that sum up their feelings in a song? At the end of the day Lloyd really did seem to fall in love with Diane, but on the other hand Diane was in a rough place when she met Lloyd. Perhaps she entered in to a predicament she probably would have a hard time coping with in the immediate future. Can we trust Lloyd to be open and honest with Diane when they’re having problems?

Despite my interpretation of the final scene, “Say Anything” really is one of the best romance movies ever made, with very rousing performances by John Cusack, and Ione Sky. They play Lloyd and Diane, two opposite character that form a romance after a drive home from a high school graduation party. Lloyd finds Diane’s sense of intellect refreshing, and they begin to date, which immediately transforms in to a passionate affair. Much of “Say Anything” is a whirlwind test for the pair, as Diane begins to reconsider traveling to England for her studies, due to her father’s troubles with the law.

After discovering he’d rigged financial documents and had been caught by the IRS, Diane not only begins to question her entire life, but her current relationships with just about everyone in her life. Much in the way Diane’s father struggles to regain her love and trust, Lloyd also battles to stay in her life, and tries to figure out how much he’s willing to sacrifice to be with her. “Say Anything” really does manage to capture the more grueling aspects of falling in love, and how emotionally taxing it can be investing our emotions in someone we love. From the boom box scene, to the very touching moment after the pair have been doused with rain, director Cameron Crowe creates a beautiful film filled with uncertainties and paints romance as horrifying, but an experience that’s also very much worth it.