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John and Joan Cusack have teamed up together for various rolls in the same movies throughout their career. Among them are: Class, 1983; Sixteen Candles, 1984; Say Anything, 1989; Grosse Pointe Blank, 1997; Cradle Will Rock, 1999; High Fidelity, 2000; and most recently, Martian Child, 2007. They're definitely a brother and sister that can get along!

-Thanks to Sarah

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Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, who also penned and directed "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous", Say Anything became a bit of a well deserved cult romantic 80's hit, particularly after it's release into the video market.

This was Crowe's directorial debut, having famously gone undercover at a real high school to research and write "Fast times at Ridgemont High".

Essentially a 3-way 'character movie' about a sensitive, funny "new man" kinda guy played by John Cusack ("Grosse Point Blank") and his relationship with the beautiful, intelligent but (at first) unattainable character played by Ione Skye and the relationships they both have with her father, played by "Frasier's Dad" John Mahoney.
The characters and their motives are very well developed and completely believable. Their relationship is very sincerely portrayed and I think would strike a chord with anyone of a similar age at the time.

Rounding off and as some have said, 'saying goodbye to' the 80's in 1989, the movie still plays well to this day. All the actors do a good job of passionately playing their parts. Director Crowe, who also wrote the script, is known for his excellent, critic pleasing character script work, even when the subject or story might seem a little thin and this is no exception.

I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen...

Eric Stoltz makes a brief but memorable appearance (in disguise) as a party host, Crowe having apparantly, at the time, promised him a role in every movie that he made.

The film manages to be romantic without being too slushy and genuinely funny at the same time. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times said: "Say Anything is one of those rare movies that has something to teach us about life. It doesn't have a 'lesson' or a 'message,' but it observes its moral choices so carefully that it helps us see our own. That such intelligence could be contained in a movie that is simultaneously so funny and so entertaining is some kind of a miracle. "

Verdict?

A great romantic movie, 80's style. Not a movie for the more macho types out there. Not a single explosion or shooting during the whole film. Definitely a good watch for a night in with the one you love (or would like to) -and in my opinion, one of the true representatives of 80's culture. For once an 80's 'teen' movie that actually impressed many critics.

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: Great script and great performances from the cast. A fond farewell for the 80's in 1989.

Weaknesses? Like many romantic comedies, macho types may not enjoy!

Our rating: 9.6 out of 10


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