Don’t you just love the Bee Gees? I have a friend who sings Tragedy for pretty much any sub-standard occurence in her life. This tragedy today is that Blockbuster does not have “Singin’ In The Rain.” I wasn’t alone in my disgust–the clerk working at Blockbuster was also appalled. So I was forced to rent a classic from another time. A classic film from a classic director, although at the time of this film he had not yet reached classic status. The man: Cameron Crowe. The movie: Say Anything.
The genius who would bring the world films such as Singles, Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire first dabbled in the world of teenage love, which in the late 80s was dominated by Molly Ringwald and John Hughes. Say Anything is probably most famous for the scene of John Cusack holding a boombox blasting “In Your Eyes” outside his beloved’s window. Sigh…
Sure, it’s predictable as far as romantic comedies go, but Cusack cronies like his sister Joan, and Jeremy Piven (always a scene stealer) make this film delightful. I spent the better part of my junior and senior year quoting this movie with my best friend Jen. It has its witty moments, with the all-time classic, “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen.”
It definitely is no Donald O’Connor gem, but Say Anything was a satisfying trip down memory lane.