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Say Anything... Review

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  • 5.0

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    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly

    It all comes down to one scene: John Cusack, standing at dusk, boom box aloft, blaring Peter Gabriel's ''In Your Eyes'' outside Ione Skye's window. This, friends, is what rapturous, heartrending, soul-spinning love is all about.

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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    That such intelligence could be contained in a movie that is simultaneously so funny and so entertaining is some kind of a miracle.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Crowe has invented a fresh character in Lloyd Dobler, and Cusack has invested him with an ingratiating persona that helps avert disaster when things become a bit melodramatic in the final resolution. [14 April 1989]

  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Cusack invests such sincerity in his portrayal of Lloyd that it's impossible not to root for him to get the girl. He's the classic underdog that we all think of ourselves as -- earnest, engaging, and impossible to resist because of his flaws, rather than in spite of them.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Complex, knotty and at times even uncomfortable; its world has a weight and heft that makes its ultimate romanticism seem genuinely transcendant, genuinely magical. [14 April 1989]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    [Crowe] knows how to shape a scene and he's never cheap with characterization; adults are permitted to be as complex as their children; a rare event in pictures. [18 May 1989, p.A14(E)]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

A gem of a coming-of-age story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1980s classic survives as an excellent, coming-of-age movie for teens. Teens-to-be may also enjoy it, but it may not be suitable for them, with its graphic teen drinking, teen sex and parental betrayal. More than just a teen flick, Say Anything... boasts fine performances, a lot of humor, and a well-chosen soundtrack. This is a true-to-life depiction of teen life. Both teens deal with the pain of broken families and oppressive family expectations.

  • Families can talk about why Diane trusted Lloyd and why Diane's father acted the way he did. How do they cope with the stresses of teenage life?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: When Lloyd gets knocked down kickboxing, his bones have to be snapped back into place.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Teens have sex in the back seat of a car. Not much is shown, but the event is discussed afterwards. The teenagers are also shown in bed, under the sheets.

  • language false3

    Language: Mild and limited, with one use of the "f-word."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue