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With: John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Amy Brooks, Joan Cusack
Written by: Cameron Crowe
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100
Date: 04/14/1989

Say Anything (1989)

3 Stars (out of 4)

In Your Eyes

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

John Cusack has unwittingly become Generation X's romantic screen icon. He's not particularly handsome but he's charming, funny and cool as hell. He can enter a room with John Wayne composure and he can explode with Jim Carrey animation. But we love him best when he's pining away for some cute girl, as he does in Say Anything. He plays a high school misfit who somehow manages to hook up with the most popular girl in school (Ione Skye) on graduation night. Say Anything suffers from a few odd and unnecessary subplots, but it's still a little treasure, and it spawned several pages worth of quotable dialogue, including lines about pens, buying and selling, and kickboxing. Even better, it created one of the indelible images of the 1980s: Cusack holding up the boom box blasting Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."

In 2009, Fox released a 20th Anniversary Edition DVD. It includes all of the extras from the 2002 Special Edition, including a commentary track by Crowe, Cusack and Skye, a whole bunch of deleted, alternate and extended scenes, trailers, TV spots and a photo gallery. New extras include an interview with Crowe and a little featurette about the film's fans.

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