Scene opening movie, The guy named Floyd (played by John Cusack) is sitting chat with two close friends. Floyd is planning to invite Diane (Ione Skye) to date after high school graduation. We will know that Diane is an excellent student, and is honored to choose a farewell speech. They both try to stop Floyd. “You’re going to get hurt!” One man said and Floyd shouted, “I want to hurt!”
The next is a song with the same description as what awaits Floyd ahead of Red Hot Chili Pepers’ “Taste the Pain”, which starts with “Say Anything,” one of the films. The best adult romance debuted in 1989.
But tasting pain is just one of the things that grows up in people. For me, the best adult films of the century, were in the 80-90s. Films such as The Breakfast Club (1985) with the famous phrase “When you grow up, your heart dies”, or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). There is always an uncertain confusion, as a thin layer of silk covers these films. Even in the classic jokes of Ferris dancing and singing the Beatles’ “Twist and Shout”, surrounded by thousands of people, there are still lines of dialogue that make our hearts break. “I do not know what to do”. “University”. “Yes, but for what?”. “What are you interested in?”. “Nothing.” “Me too”.
Floyd has much in common with Ferris. Students do not need to know tomorrow. The only thing he cared about was how to date Diane. We do not need to worry about why it should be Diane, no background needed. The right of youth is loved without reason. Floyd is not scared. Or not to be afraid to stop, as you want to become a Kickboxing fighter.
In contrast to Floyde, Diane’s girl, whose eyes he has had little reason to fear, is always pessimistic about life. When talking to his father James (John Mahoney) in the car, the word she chose to finish the speech was “back”. And right at the speech, she honestly said the only feeling felt when leaving school was “fear.”
“Say Anything,” the title taken from a conversation James told Diane, and also their covenant so far, is honesty. Their father and son can trust each other to talk about anything, since Diane chose James at her divorce hearing. We can see Diane adhere to this naturally, when she sadly talks about feeling she is a “hard man” to her friends around. Or describe the fun of having the first party in life with Floyd and his friends. Diane dressed up as a princess in that party, we should have seen it inappropriate and limp, but the innocence and innocent smile made Diane shine. She had the excitement of Cinderella for the first time.
The romance of the film is as natural and beautiful as Diane. As the party passed and dawned on, Floyd led her home on the streets. He was anxious enough to help her avoid the broken glass, as a loyal patron. But Diane misses calling Floyd a “basic” guy, while his intentions of complimenting him kind and gentle. The awkwardness comes from lack of contact with others, and the opposite sex. But in a beautiful scene, it’s like a miss in the music that makes it so much more memorable. As sometimes, imperfection makes everything perfect. From the first meeting, Diane had made it clear that she had only 16 weeks left, before she went to England for a scholarship. Floyd does not care about that. You are also an honest person, and I love how you answer James’s question about future careers. Floyd explains, as awkward as that, that he “does not want to sell anything, buy anything, or achieve anything as a career.” You have both bewilderment and certainty. Serious about what to do, but sure about not going to do. You realize what you want to achieve, not the ambiguous thoughts, but the real achievements, and the present. With Floyd, the present is dating Diane. Not surprisingly, that made James anxious.
And no wonder John Cusack is a teenage idol in the olden days, with movies like “Say Anything”. You have the qualities, from the flickering face to milk, to gestures, and maybe because of training or not, it shows naturally the uncertainty and confusion in the midst of the fork of life. After 11 years, despite having no face to milk in High Fidelity (2000), but we will recognize that his constant quality as a man in crisis at the age middle-age.
With “Say Anything,” as implied by the title, all other truths, not just words. “Say Anything”, of course, can not be without the headaches of life, but no matter what, all of us will experience. And exactly why I love these romantic movies of the 80-90s.