"I Gave Her My Heart, and She Gave Me A Pen"

When I think of romance, one movie immediately comes to mind, Say Anything. As far as teen-romance film goes, to me, this is the crown jewel. The 80s was a time of great movies, cartoons, and excellent music. It was a time of John Hughes and valley girls. It also brought us Say Anything.

John Cusack plays Lloyd Dobbler, the eternal nice guy, who isn’t really a guy, but a man. Lloyd is exactly the type of boyfriend I would like to (already) have. He’s sweet, funny, athletic, and rather smart. Lloyd sets his sights on Diane Court, played by Ione Skye, who is basically “a brain trapped in the body of game-show hostess.” Diane gives Lloyd a chance, romance ensues. The relationship between Lloyd and Diane feels so real because it’s not exactly whirlwind, there are ups and downs. Not everyone supports their relationship. Both characters have their flaws. Lloyd has no ambition, Diane listens to her dad more than she listens to herself.

And yes, who could forget the most amazing boombox scene. Perhaps this is hard to understand because today one would just have to hold up a cordless iHome, whereas a boombox is HEAVY. Oh, and the song, it’s perfect, especially the meaning behind it.

So, I suppose when I think young love, I do think Say Anything. I think Lloyd Dobbler and Diane Court. I think of Peter Gabriel’s ‘In Your Eyes.’

Please, if you have not seen this wonderful film, netflix it, it’s worth taking a few hours of reading off.

So why exactly am I posting about Say Anything? For BlogLuv Fest of course!

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I love this movie! It's been forever since I've seen it. I'll have to watch it again soon.

  2. pepsivanilla says

    I totally agree with Nicole! I need to re-watch this movie πŸ™‚

  3. robby (once upon a book blog/fourteen years) says

    I feel SO young whenever people talk about this movie. I have seen movie after movie from the 30s to the 60s, but if it's from the 80s, my knowledge is limited. I need to see this. :]
    Congrats of 350 followers! πŸ˜€

  4. I loved this movie too. That scene is one of the most romantic in movies.

  5. I've never seen this, but I love Cusack and the quite bad in a great way 80s movies.

  6. Caroline Starr Rose says

    Good ol' Lloyd. I loved this movie.

  7. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says

    I love this movie!
    "In Your Eyes" is one of my most favorite songs ever. I love that part of that says, "I see the doorway to a thousand churches"…

  8. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says

    I've had a crush on John Cusack ever since!

  9. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says

    Oh and when watching this drink Tang. It will help you relive the glory of the 80s πŸ™‚

  10. So I just finished watching last nights episode of Modern Family and they had a little ode to Say Anything at the end. It made me think of this post and thought I'd share. You should check it out. And now it has just fueled my desire to see the movie even more.

  11. A Bookshelf Monstrosity says

    Definitely appropriate for the BlogLuv Fest.

    I love Lili Taylor's role in this movie:

    "The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don't be a guy."

  12. this is one i NEED to see! i have been wanting to, and i feel like i am missing this huge piece of culture having not seen it haha.

  13. I also enjoyed this movie and I'll back you up on recommending it to those who have yet to see it!

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