I was flipping through channels last weekend; and, I stumbled across “Say Anything”.
Some romantic comedies age well. They are just as funny and romantic as they were when first released. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is an example.
Some romantic comedies just get stale with time. Some early Tom Hanks movies come to mind.
But, “Say Anything” is somewhere in the middle. It was better twenty years ago. But, still, today, it’s not so bad.
Twenty years ago, I didn’t find John Cusack annoying (ok, even 20 years ago, I already found Joan Cusack annoying).
This weekend, twenty years later, I found John Cusack’s character a bit over the top, especially in two scenes: when he is talking to the guys outside the liquor store “If you know so much about women, why are you all alone?” … A bit holier than thou; and, secondly, when he is talking to Ione Skye’s father in the prison.
But, the movie, overall, was still sweet, and, hopeful.
I do have one question for any psychologist that reads this post. For the screenwriter, who was obviously trying to appeal to female teen angst, why was it important to shame the father even while the young girl separates and finds her boyfriend?
It seemed that, in the context of the movie, the father had to lose in order for the girl and the boy to win. Why is that?
Ione Skye, by the way, bares skin later in her career, in “Four Rooms”, in the opening sequence.
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