Ebert has added Say Anything to his list of “The Great Movies.” I tend to agree.


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  1. I totally agree. Yes, it is a teen flick, but it is a super endearing, true account of how it really is. Well, besides the way Ione Skye dresses, and her “holier than thou” stuff. Generally, that is how it is. And even I wanted Lloyd Dobbler. He is a real, normal, romantic teen boy, but a 1000x dreamier. Oh my god, maybe I still like him.

    I would also like to see Breakfast Club on this list. Another teen movie that has some pretentious “Dawson”ian-speak in it, but really, really great nonetheless. And how they walk away at the end? – that is high school.

  2. Dude, I’m calling the LJ Police! πŸ™‚

    And you’re right, Ione Skye’s clothes are my only problem with that movie. The dress she wears to the party looks like it’s two sizes too big for her, and what’s up with the gardenia, Malibu Barbie? And the worst of all: when she goes to talk to the IRS guy about her Dad, I swear she’s wearing her skirt backwards. The way she has it, the little V is in the front! Ridiculous.

    I’m pro Breakfast Club, but it’s a little painful since I WAS BRIAN (except, you know, a girl).

  3. I daresay you didn’t have a flare gun in your locker? πŸ˜‰


    I am scared of the LJ Police. I know they’re always watching.

  4. Maybe I should do a thing on my site about where “LJ” really comes from…

  5. No, but I nearly flunked shop, to my eternal shame. (I didn’t make an elephant though, it was a toolbox.)

    Yeah, because even I forget where it comes from… πŸ™‚

  6. How funny: Kris, you posted this blog the day after I watched Say Anything for the first time in several years. (Reason: Olympics & winter skiing/boarding inspired rental of Better Off Dead and, several beers later, I had to pop in Say Anything in a John Cusak frenzy). My poor roommate (male, single, straight, martyr) had to listen to almost 2 hours of my drunken rants about Lloyd Dobbler being the epitome of man/boyfriend. The fact that the film takes place in one of the coolest cities ever and has Lili Taylor and John Mahoney doesn’t hurt it’s greatness factor. (Yeah, and even my roomie commented on the goofy flower)

    I consider my love of and ability to quote from The Breakfast Club more as a guilty pleasure than as the appreciation of a truly great movie. My mom always criticized that genre of teen flicks for their treatment of all adults as evil (“when you grow up, your heart dies”) and I’ve got to say that as I approach 30, I agree. Don’t get me wrong; I still love it and totally resemble the “demented and sad, but social” comment.

    Regardless, the movies came out while I was in high school and junior high, so they are part of my high school experience.

  7. Yeah, I look at The Breakfast Club as more entertainment. It never inspires the drunken ramblings that Say Anything does. Ahh, your poor roomate! Every guy has to do that, I think. Rodd might have actually enjoyed the movie if I hadn’t been constantly sighing about how perfect Lloyd was.

  8. hey trishβ€”was J the audience to your rant? i can’t imagine D being described as a martyr. πŸ˜‰

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