“I wanna get hurt!”

Corey: The world is full of guys. Be a man. Don’t be a guy.

It’s been 25 years (anniversary officially yesterday) since Say Anything was released and it still makes my prestigious Top 10 Movies of All Time list.

‘Twas not my first introduction to the uber-adorable and talented John Cusack. Nay. I loved him since this moment in Sixteen Candles:

Then, I loved him and wished I could travel cross-country by train to visit my Depression-era father in Washington state, too:

Then, a few years later, I walked the aisles of the video store and saw his cute face on the box that held the VHS tape of Say Anything (if any of that confused you youngins, use the google). I fell head over heels with him and Lloyd Dobler.

Sure, John Cusack hasn’t made what I would consider a really good movie in about a decade. But the movies he made in the 80s, 90s, and early aughts make up for that. I gave him my heart and he gave me many great performances and happy memories (and yes, that waaaaaay beats a pen).

I can’t believe it’s been 25 years of admiration (read: longing and giddy fandom). I so love Say Anything that I was going to watch it (on DVD!) with a man I was dating back in the day (as the kids say). Not long after it started, he decided to Mystery Science Theater 3000 it — he was trying for hilarity and actually made fun of this Most Awesome Flick when he should have just shut his trap and took notes from the master. So I turned it off (and shortly thereafter said goodbye to the guy).

I can’t have nobody talking bad about Lloyd Dobler.

Happy Anniversary, Say Anything!

Diane Court: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?
Lloyd Dobler: No. You just described every great success story.

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