Say Anything …

Say Anything . . . is a half-baked love story, full of good intentions but uneven in the telling. Appealing tale of an undirected army brat proving himself worthy of the most exceptional girl in high school elicits a few laughs, plenty of smiles and some genuine feeling.

With:
John Cusack Ione Skye John Mahoney Lili Taylor Amy Brooks Lois Chiles

Say Anything . . . is a half-baked love story, full of good intentions but uneven in the telling. Appealing tale of an undirected army brat proving himself worthy of the most exceptional girl in high school elicits a few laughs, plenty of smiles and some genuine feeling.

On the eve of high school graduation, bright but unremarkable student John Cusack decides he’s just got to go out with ‘Miss Priss’ (Ione Skye). Skye is doted upon by her divorced father (John Mahoney) and is headed for studies in England on a fellowship.

Cusack, who bunks with his nephew and sister (an unbilled appearance by real-life sister Joan Cusack), starts a friendship that slowly grows into something more. Conflict rears its head in a conventional way when Skye becomes torn between leaving for England and staying with her boyfriend.

Cusack and Skye’s relationship develops nicely and believably, but Crowe has not written an entirely convincing character for the latter to play. Pic also has considerable structural problems, as many scenes feel unachieved.

Lois Chiles (unbilled) plays a scene as Skye’s mother, and Eric Stoltz pops up briefly at a teen party.

Say Anything ...

Production: 20th Century-Fox/Gracie. Director Cameron Crowe; Producer Polly Platt; Screenplay Cameron Crowe; Camera Laszlo Kovacs; Editor Richard Marks; Music Richard Gibbs, Anne Dudley, Nancy Wilson; Art Director Mark Mansbridge

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: John Cusack Ione Skye John Mahoney Lili Taylor Amy Brooks Lois Chiles

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