Boom Box of Love: Say Anything (1989)


Most Romantic Moment #1

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Say Anything (1989)

So I saw this movie for the first time this last summer

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I know as much as I love ’80s movies how could I have waited that long?

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The first time I was introduced to Say Anything it was in this book I read many years ago, When it Happensby Susane Colasanti. The story is of a slacker guy falling for a nerdy girl, them getting together, and just the different ups and downs of the relationship. It’s told in both views of the main characters Sara and Toby. (It’s really good, I recommend it).

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So the main character, Sara, loves Say Anything and the scene you see on the poster. She talks about it nonstop:

“What’s yours [favorite part of a film]?’

‘Lloyd holding the boom box over his head.’

‘Who?’

There’s no way he doesan’t know this. ‘Dave. You know that huge poster I have in my room? Of John Cusack holding the boom box up?’

‘Oh…yeah?’

‘Remember–I told you about this already…It’s only my favorite movie in the whole entire universe.”–pg 61

Later when she and  Toby, get in a fight; he acts out the scene playing her favorite music so she knows that he is sorry. When I read it, my reaction was; How sweet he’s acting out her favorite movie. I mean I never thought anything of it. Holding a boom box over your head doesn’t seem that romantic.

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But then I saw the movie!

I love it

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So in Say Anything Lloyd is not a total slacker but just has his own focus and goals in life. He has been crushing on the beautiful brain Diane.

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He invites her out to a party, their graduation one, and the two spend the whole night talking away. Lloyd only has a limited time though, as Diane will be leaving to England at the end of the summer.

The hangout with Lloyd teaching Diane how to drive; Lloyd helps Diane at her father’s work, a nursing home; and the two are head over heels for each other.

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Diane’s father hates Lloyd and tries to convince Diane to break it off.

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Diane refuses. But when her father is accused of embezzling funds and stealing his client’s money; Diane breaks off the relationship even though Lloyd tell her he love her.

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Eventually Diane realizes her mistake, and that she was wrong about her father and Lloyd and goes after him. They both end up flying to England to be together.

Say Anything

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Most Romantic Moment: In Your Eyes

The scene where he lifts the boom box over his head and plays the romantic song for her is just sooooo romantic.

How romantic

How romantic

The fact that he was willing to this huge romantic move for her to prove his love. Aw, I wish I had that.

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Ugh, I hate Diane. She is such an awful jerk! Lloyd was the best; if I was to write a list of the best fictional boyfriends he would be on the top of it. I mean you really fall in with love him, as the poster says. For once it’s not false advertising.

If a guy did this for me, I’d be sold on him. I’d date him, it would forgive almost anythin, I mean that move is gold. In that moment, my love for Lloyd increased tenfold.

So originally I wasn’t really sold on the song thinking that, “The Flame” by Cheap Trick would be much better. But then I heard the song on the radio again and again. And I realized that the song is really romantic.

Love I get so lost, sometimes
Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart
When I want to run away
I drive off in my car
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are

All my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light
The heat I see in your eyes

Love, I don’t like to see so much pain
So much wasted and this moment keeps slipping away
I get so tired of working so hard for our survival
I look to the time with you to keep me awake and alive

And all my instincts, they return
And the grand facade, so soon will burn
Without a noise, without my pride
I reach out from the inside

In your eyes
The light the heat
In your eyes
I am complete
In your eyes
I see the doorway to a thousand churches
In your eyes
The resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes
I see the light and the heat
In your eyes
Oh, I want to be that complete
I want to touch the light,
The heat I see in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes
In your eyes, in your eyes

How romantic

How romantic

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For more John Cusack, go to I’ll Always Be There When You Need Me: Anastasia (1997)

For more ’80s films, go to I’m No Warrior, I’m an Assistant Pig-Keeper: The Black Cauldron (1985)

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I just found out that if you want to, you can go to Hot Topic on facebook and send your own little boom box of love V-day card to a special person.

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