Some of the best moments in ’80s teen movies involve the characters going to a party. And that is certainly the case with this sequence from Cameron Crowe’s underrated 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 introverted Diane Court (Ione Skye) to go with him to a graduation party. Surprised, she agrees to go with Lloyd, leading the trenchcoat-wearing rebel to pick her up at her house on the night of the event. As Lloyd speaks with Diane’s intimidating father (John Mahoney), Diane emerges in a stunning, classic white dress.
Featuring the costume designs of Jane Ruhm, this scene is a perfect Cinderella-inspired moment. Not only is it adorable to see John Cusack’s reactions as Lloyd, but it’s equally rewarding to see a typically mousey character like Diane look so radiant and confident. Plus, with the 1940s aesthetic of Diane’s dress and hairstyle, the already stunning Ione Skye looks even more glorious. Ultimately, this scene works simply because every element (from the actors to the costumes) comes together to create something truly magical.