Thursday, 22 November 2007

Still here, still random

Driving to New Orleans the other day, I heard In Your Eyes on an XM station I'll never be able to find again, and of course it got me thinking about Say Anything (and as an aside, how much I still love John Cusack, even today).

And thinking of Say Anything got me thinking about Ione Skye, and how she probably wouldn't have had the Diane Court role if that movie was made today. Or if she did, she would've looked different. Because I remember her being sweetly round-faced and – I can't think of another way to put it – untoned. And I don't mean "full-figured" or "curvy" or even anything euphemistic. I just mean what I said – and that Elisabeth Shue was the same way when she was in Karate Kid, and lots of other '80s teen movies were like that.

I decided I kind of miss the days of movies like that – with sweetly round- faced girls in the young-love-interest role, and not a sinewy tricep in sight.

(While we're being random: 1) Ione Skye is even prettier now; and 2) I did not know that Cameron Crowe wrote and directed Say Anything. For my family, who won't know who Cameron Crowe is: he directed Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire.)


  1. I don't know "Say Anything" (sorry) but I grew up on movies like "The Karate Kid" and know what you's almost a lost era isn't it? You got me thinking about fresh faced actors too...what about Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun? I loved that movie! lol

  2. I love Say Anything, and John Cusack. You're right, Ione Skye wouldn't be toned enough to get the part these days. And that's sad.

  3. I am insulted that you would assume I don't know who Cameron Crowe is. I don't, but I don't like the assumption either.

  4. "in your eyes" is now in my head . . . that's one of the sweetest scenes in film history, isn't it? and cathy was right on . . . "girls just wanna have fun" was chock-full of fresh-faced actresses and a really funny movie to boot. remember shannon doherty in that one? ah, memories.

  5. Helen | Pepperina Press24 November 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Funny – I thought of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun while I was writing this post... I only saw it once but it was my sister's *favourite* movie when we were kids. I think she watched it 30-something times, at least.

    Helen Hunt was awesome.

  6. I so agree with you on the 80s body image for younger actresses!

  7. You may have only seen Girls Just Wanna Have Fun the once - but you heard it from Dad a hundred thousand and seven times.