Genre Guesstimation – Say Anything… (1989)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by Kim of Tranquil Dreams and she chose teenage/high school romance movies as the Genre for June.  If you want to still submit a movie, the deadline is 25 June. Just send it to me at

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Teenage/high school romance movies…

say_anything_by_cutecutemonster“I am looking for a dare to be great situation.” – Lloyd Dobler

Number of Times Seen – 2 or 3 times (Video in the early 90’s, 6 Aug 2001 and 19 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After graduation, a teenager decides to ask out the girl of his dreams.

My Take on it – When most people talk about teenage romance movies, this movie is usually very high on all the lists.

Personally, I never really saw it when it came out and always had little to no desire to watch it.

I saw it twice years ago just for the sake of it, but don’t recall being very impressed by it either time.

When Kim chose this genre, I decided that it was a perfect opportunity for me to try and rewatch this to see if I would enjoy it.

Truth is….I loved this movie!!!

The story is great. The characters are complex yet interesting and most of all, you can believe the love they have for each other. (Which is obviously what we all seek to find in these kind of movies.)

This was Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut and you can tell that even then he knew what he was doing.

The choices of John Cusack and Ione Skye were great to be cast as the central characters because we sympathize with them and we feel for them both.

This has one of the most iconic romantic scenes in movies (which we’ve all seen the clip millions of times) and I get goosebumps watching the boom box scene every time because it is so unbelievable.

Bottom Line – Great rom-com that is proof that Crowe even then knew what he was doing. Cusack and Skye are great together and we really feel for both of them. Obviously the iconic boom box scene is unbelievably done. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Cameron Crowe couldn’t find the love song he wanted until he heard Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”. Gabriel asked to see part of the movie. Crowe had the production company send him an unfinished cut. Gabriel responded by saying he would let them use the song, as he liked the film. He was, however, wary about the part where the lead character overdosed at the end. It was then that Crowe realized that Gabriel had been sent a copy of Wired (1989) instead. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely. Crowe gives us a teen romance movie that set the bar for so many others over the years.

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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