Say Anything

John Cusack as romantic lead? It didn't seem likely, but that's exactly what happened with the alchemy of Cameron Crowe's lovely 1989 rom-com (his directorial debut). Ione Skye is the girl, and John Mahoney her disapproving father. Cusack was just graduating from teen fodder when Crowe gifted him with the role of a decade. Set in Seattle, the film has Cusack's kid from the wrong side of the tracks fall hard for a college-bound high achiever. Though something of a shambling oaf, whose only goal in life is to become a pro kick-boxer, he somehow locates his own inner Cary Grant to woo her. Well, a Cary Grant for the grunge era, since Crowe's soundtrack includes Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, and The Replacements. (Look for Lili Taylor and Eric Stoltz, Crowe's good-luck charm, in nice supporting roles.) Two decades later, there are plenty of women in their 30s and 40s who are, perhaps after a divorce or two, still looking for their Lloyd Dobler. Call for showtimes. (PG-13) BRIAN MILLER

Nov. 19-24, 2010

 
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