Based on the "Best Song Played In a Movie Thread" and a notification that "Say Anything..." was leaving HBO MAX on Nov 1, I re-watched the film for the first time in a long time, 20+ years perhaps.
I still think it's fabulous. It got 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. The 2% outlier(s) are completely whack in my opinion.
This was Cameron Crowe's first go around as a Director, and it was such a high bar I would not have been surprised if he had never surpassed it. He has, twice with "Jerry Maguire" & "Almost Famous." The latter is in my All Time Top 10.
He also helmed Pearl Jam Twenty. While I was a fan prior, I had only seen them twice both in St Paul. 10 years later I have now seen them 9 times and have road tripped to Chicago, Seattle, Orange County and Nashville to see them. Not a coincidence after seeing the documentary. Being exposed to more of their live performances on SiriusXM about the same time, also had a huge impact.
Connection to "Say Anything..." is that Stone Gossard was cast as a cab driver, but the scene was cut.
Other thoughts & notes:
- John Mahoney as Diane's father was also in "Eight Men Out" with Cusack the year before. Turns out he also spurred Cusack to take on the project, by pushing the script to him. Can't remember the source. Probably indiewire.
- Bebe Neuwirth has a small part as guidance counselor, and would be later featured with Mahoney as a recurring role in Frasier.
- The Replacements song Within Your Reach is actually played twice.
- When Diane (Ione Skye) appears for their first date/grad party, in her white dress...wowza.
- 63 songs about Joe. Perhaps Joe Lies could have been an indie hit.
- Pamela Adlon played one of Lloyd's friends, listed as Pamela Segall. Did not realize that was her.
- Jeremy Piven is in the movie, including as one of the Gas N Sip dudes. Also would have a small role in Cusack's "Grosse Point Blank", again as a HS classmate.