Some of the best moments in ’80s teen movies involve characters going to a party. And that’s exactly the case in this sequence from Cameron Crowe’s degraded classic, “Say Anything.” The film follows Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack), an offbeat high school graduate. In a last -minute attempt to feel cool, he asks the beautiful but introvert Diane Court (Ione Skye) to accompany him to a graduation party. Surprised, he agreed to go with Lloyd, who led the rebel wearing a trenchcoat to take him to his house on the night of the event. While Lloyd is talking to Diane’s fearsome father (John Mahoney), Diane comes out in a beautiful, classic white dress.
Featuring Jane Ruhm’s costume designs, this scene is a perfect Cinderella-inspired moment. Not only is it great to watch John Cusack’s reactions as Lloyd, but it’s also rewarding to see the typical mousey character like Diane look shiny and confident. Plus, with the 1940s aesthetic of Diane’s dress and hairstyle, the already gorgeous Ione Skye will look even more glorious. In the end, this scene only works because every element (from the actors to the costumes) comes together to create something truly magical.