Taglines: A Lloyd meets girl story.
Aspiring kickboxer Lloyd Dobler falls for valedictorian Diane Court at their high school graduation ceremony. Lloyd lives with his sister Constance, a single mother, and has no plans for his future. Diane has had a sheltered academic upbringing and lives with her doting divorced father Jim, who owns the retirement home where she works. She is due to attend a fellowship in England at the end of the summer.
Diane accompanies Lloyd to a party, surprising their classmates. During a dinner at the Court household, where Lloyd fails to impress Diane’s family, Jim is informed that he is under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. Diane takes Lloyd to meet the residents of the retirement home and he teaches her to drive her stickshift car. Their relationship grows intimate and they have sex, to her father’s concern. Lloyd’s musician friend Corey, who has never gotten over her cheating ex-boyfriend, Joe, warns him to take care of Diane.
Jim urges her to break up with Lloyd, feeling he is not an appropriate match for her, and suggests she give him a pen as a parting gift. Diane tells Lloyd she wants to stop seeing him and concentrate on her studies. Devastated over the breakup, Lloyd seeks advice from Corey, who tells him to “be a man”. Jim’s credit cards are declined when he tries to buy her a luggage set.
At dawn, Lloyd plays “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, the song that was playing the first time they slept together, on a boombox under her open bedroom window. The next day, Diane meets with the IRS investigator, who explains that they suspect Jim has been embezzling funds from his retirement home residents. He advises her to accept the fellowship as matters with her father will worsen. After she discovers cash concealed at home, Jim tells her he stole the money to give her financial independence. Distraught, Diane reconciles with Lloyd at the gym where he trains.
Say Anything… is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe in his directorial debut. The film follows the romance between Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), an average student, and Diane Court (Ione Skye), the valedictorian, immediately after their graduation from high school. In 2002, Entertainment Weekly ranked Say Anything… as the greatest modern movie romance, and it was ranked number 11 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 best high-school movies.
Say Anything… (1989)
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Starring: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Pamela Adlon, Loren Dean, Charles Walker, Russel Lunday, Polly Platt, Gloria Cromwell, Jeremy Piven
Screenplay by: Cameron Crowe
Production Design by: Mark W. Mansbridge
Cinematography by: László Kovács
Film Editing by: Richard Marks
Costume Design by: Jane Ruhm
Set Decoration by: Joe D. Mitchell
Music by: Anne Dudley, Richard Gibbs
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: April 14, 1989