Shot (partly) in Seattle 21 years ago, Cameron Crowe’s “Say Anything” will have a special local screening tonight at SIFF Cinema as part of 20th Century Fox’s “Hometown Hollywood” screening series. (The series, in which various cities host a movie with special ties to that location, celebrates Fox’s 75th anniversary.) The screening, in 35mm, is at 7pm and is free, but you must RSVP to email@example.com. Or you can just stay home and watch “Say Anything” on DVD, as I did a few nights ago. Hadn’t seen the movie, I think, since it came out, and it was a kick to see the Seattle locations (watch for the Guild 45th, the Wallingford Thrift Store, and a sparkling-new Westlake Center — the mall which they mysteriously refer to as “Bel Square”) and to see young, earnest John Cusack holding that boom box again. Though he and Ione Skye are adorable together in their jittery teenage angst, I’d forgotten that much of the fun of the film is seeing John and Joan Cusack playing siblings on-screen; they create a familial history together with only a few scenes. It’s Crowe’s debut film and it’s a charmer; short and sweet and leaving you happy, as that seat-belt light goes off and you know that all will be OK.
And, because I can’t resist:
(Incidentally, everyone and his brother on YouTube seems to have shot an homage to this scene. Funny.)