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and he wants more than anything to date the beautiful and brilliant school valedictorian
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2016
Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) is a quiet and earnest but extraordinary guy who thinks he's nothing special. He likes kickboxing and has a noble heart, and he wants more than anything to date the beautiful and brilliant school valedictorian, Diane Court (Skye). The summer after their graduation, she accedes to his niceness and persistence, and their relationship grows despite the misgivings of her overprotective father (Mahoney), who manages a nursing home. Besides the father's disapproval, Lloyd is facing a deadline: Diane has a scholarship to go to England at the end of the summer. This sweet and sincere 1989 film by writer-director Cameron Crowe has almost no shocking drama or real villain, but is effective and moving, like its hero.This is a story of normal people coping with real-world problems. Diane's relationship with her father is convincing, as are his motives for doing what he does, even though it's wrong. She loves him and wants to do right by him. That puts her in conflict with her devotion to Lloyd, an aimless young man who captures her heart. Her father is against the relationship because he views Lloyd as an obstacle to his daughter's success. Lloyd is one of the most honestly told and played characters I've seen, and one I can relate to as a man.