“Are you here because you need someone or because you need me? Forget it, I don’t care.”
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is that Hollywood directors still cast young adults to play high school students. In Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler is portrayed by John Cusak, who was 23 at the time. The film follows Dobler after graduation as he pursues his class’ valedictorian, Diane. The film was highly esteemed as one of the best teen-romance films of its time, and put John Cusak on the map.
The story is rocky but sweet. It follows the same up and down pattern that most 80s teen flicks follow, but Lloyd Dobler is such a lovable, sincere protagonist, you can’t help but to root for him. Despite the age of this film, it’s still easy to enjoy and just as heartwarming as when it first came out in 1989.
Most underrated characters: Lloyd Dobler – despite being the main male figure in this film, he is totally underrated. His female friends actually refer to him as the perfect guy, and he really is an all-around great guy throughout the whole film. Even at the end, when he is given the opportunity to be resentful and bitter, he demonstrates patience and compassion.