Say Anything (1989)

I seriously haven’t seen Say Anything, ok? I’m righting a wrong as quickly as I could! Austin over at The Return of the Modern Philosopher recommended this to me after my review of Serendipity (HERE) during last year’s Christmas Marathon! Austin probably doesn’t need any help from me to showcase his blog since I did find him on Freshly Pressed (if I remember correctly) and he deserves every bit of that because he writes fun and witty posts everyday! Plus, he has written screenplays that were produced.  Seeing as I’ve been unsuccessful at finding it, the search continues! 😉 For now, lets check this one out!

say anything posterDirector: Cameron Crowe

Cast: John Cusack, Ione Skye, Jack Mahoney, Lili Taylor, Amy Brooks, Jeremy Pivens

Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) may be graduating from high school but he has no idea what he wants to do with his life except for knowing his school’s valedictorian beauty Diane Court.  After he knows that she received a scholarship to go to England to pursue further studies after the summer, he decides to call her and ask her out on a date.  As the summer continues, they see each other more and eventually grow closer.  However, things get complicated at home with Diane’s father (John Mahoney) with life and his father’s disapproval of the relationship and Diane has to make a choice.

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As I’m sure most of you know already, Say Anything is a romantic comedy.  It is possibly one of the most authentic takes on the romantic comedy with just a hint of the drama.  Its fun to watch the love between Diane and Lloyd grow and in many ways, its defying a “perfection” and making different choices than expected or breaking out of a norm.  The characters are heartfelt and just so charming.  Whats nice is that there is a good balance of romantic moments that make me swoon and others that just make me laugh.  A true romantic comedy, right?

say anything john cusack

Our main character here is John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler! This is a story about a boy falling head over heels for a girl he only just saw at the mall and who has different goals and dreams from him.  Not only is the story so cute and refreshing, especially since most romantic comedies nowadays is about a crazy girl that tries everything to get the guy including embarrass themselves.  Don’t get me wrong, that type of comedy still makes me laugh, but this is a breathe of fresh air. John Cusack plays it so well.  They gave him a great script with just the most unexpected moments.  Now I know all about the boombox over his head and what happened! I have to give that originality points.  He did just the perfect lovestruck guy portrayal that just pulled me in.

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The chemistry he had with his female costar Ione Skye, that I’ve never seen anywhere else, was just so sweet. Diane and Lloyd have to be one of the cutest couples.  They are different but it also shows the wonder of being in love and how it opens your eyes to other things.  People don’t just jump into bed when they are attracted, they date and talk and teach each other stuff.  I really connected with her character.

Plus, John Mahoney plays the role of Diane’s father.  I remember talking about how I liked him a lot in Flipped a few months ago and in this one, he picked another really good one again.  I’m pretty sure not many father’s would sit around to listen to dating stuff from their daughters but he was looking out for her in his own way and as her best friend, not just a protective parent.  I think its a great character.

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I’m sure you don’t need me overanalyzing this flick.  This flick was simple, sweet and the perfect balance of love and laughs.  It was filled with heartfelt and authentic characters and just so awesome! If you haven’t seen it, I’m highly recommending it! Now its your turn to right that wrong!

Thanks to Austin for recommending it to me! I love the movie and even though it took me 8 months to get around to it and it was not as immediate as he had told me to, I did watch it and loved every minute of it. Please drop by and get a few laughs at his blog and show him some love and support 🙂

Flipped (2010)

Have you heard of this one beforeÉ There was one of those deals for VideoHub on my tablet again so I saw this little movie called Flipped.  I was for $9.99 and it looked cute.  I always like these little young romances.  They always have this innocence that can make me smile from my heart.  Although Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB seemed to differ in their ratings a bit, I still decided to go ahead with it and see how I felt about it.

flipped posterDirector: Rob Reiner

Cast: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, John Mahoney, Aidan Quinn

Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) moves into a new neighborhood when he was in second grade.  It was a day he would never forget because it marked the start of a strange little girl across the street, Julianna Baker (Madeline Carroll), who befriended him and from that day on had a big crush on him and his dazzling blue eyes.  She made him become the biggest embarrassment on the first day (and following year) at school.  All he ever wanted was for her to leave him alone so he tried every way possible to avoid her. Juli didn’t only follow him around but to him, she had strange ideas.  She wouldn’t climb out of a big old sycamore tree when it was going to be cut down and she grew chickens in her backyard for starters.  However, it seemed to get his grandfather’s (John Mahoney) attention, something that he couldn’t even get from him. This made him want to see Julie in another light to understand why his grandfather thought so highly of her.

flipped grandpa and julie

This is an adaptation from a novel apparently.  I’ve never even heard of it so I don’t really know how to review this as an adaptation. As a stand alone movie, I really enjoyed it. I was in all ways a feel good movie from beginning to end.  It was young, cute and innocent.  I think its the fact that they did this in an original way, where we get the typical schoolyard crush but as we see Bryce’s side of the story, we also swap around after something happens and we get to see Juli’s side of the story in her narration as well.  For some, maybe it can be repetitive.  However, I’m just assuming because like I said, I found that very fun to watch.

flipped first moved in

Although it is a little fun young romance as the package, as we see both sides of the story, we also see how they grow up as individuals.  We see how their choices affect who they are.  What I really liked was the supporting actors. I think they were the ones that pushed me over to actually get this movie.  In the trailer, we saw Bryce’s grandfather was the inspiring figure in his household and he does a fantastic job at bridging the understanding between the two kids.  On Juli’s side, we have her father (played by Aidan Quinn) who really helps her and makes her understand new ideas and encourage her.  I’m starting to really like Aidan Quinn.  He has done some outstanding jobs in movies.  This one was probably the best that I’ve seen him at.  Maybe I’m alone but I stand by that.

flipped juli and father

I really connected the movie for personal reasons.  Some times, our situations and the people around us make us learn lessons and analyze the people and environment around us as well.  It doesn’t make them any less innocent, just makes them more insightful.  All simply, this movie brings out a reality of growing up in two different family situations. It shows us how our family, our friends and others that we associate with influence how we see and react to different things in life.  Sometimes, when we are young, we don’t really see it until we gain better perspective.

flipped bryce julianna

As for the young actors, Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe, they both do a really awesome job in this flick.  They do narration mostly but in the context of conversations and reactions, they embody their roles very well.  It pulled me right into the movie and I was a nice fun ride to see them grow up during the movie.

Flipped

Flipped is a recommendable story for those who like these sorts of movies. You might guess a good part of it but the process of the movie and the originality in the script from both points of views is refreshing and fun.  Its supported by both great young and older actors and they really bring out the essence of this movie.  As much as its cute and funny, its heartwarming and meaningful.  A lot of adjectives I like to give to movies.  This is going straight to my feel-good movie pile and I almost want to play it again right now.