We need more directors willing to take risks with films like Get Out.
She is the class brain, and so of course no one can see that she is truly beautiful - no one except for the sort of weird kid who wants to devote his life to kick-boxing and who likes her because of her brains. He calls her up and asks her out. She says no. He keeps talking. She says yes. And after their first date, she tells her father she likes him because he is utterly straightforward and dependable. He is a goofy teenager with absolutely no career prospects, but she senses that she can trust him as an anchor.
She discusses him so openly with her father because they have made a pact: They can say anything to one another. When her parents got divorced, she chose to live with her father because of this trust, because of the openness that he encourages. Her father's love for her is equalled by his respect. And she sees him as a good man, who works long hours running a nursing home because he wants to help people.
Honesty is at the core of "Say Anything," but dishonesty is there, too, and the movie is the story of how the young woman is able to weather a terrible storm and be stronger and better afterward. This is one of the best films of the year - a film that is really about something, that cares deeply about the issues it contains - and yet it also works wonderfully as a funny, warmhearted romantic comedy.
The young woman, Diane, is played by Ione Skye as a straight-A student with a scholarship to England. She is one of the class beauties, but doesn't date much because she intimidates boys. The boy who finally asks her out is Lloyd (John Cusack), and he dates her not only out of hormonal urging, but because he admires her. Her father (John Mahoney) is a caring, trusting parent who will do anything he can to encourage his daughter, but his secret is that he has done too much.