In my book of 80s teen heartthrobs John Cusack deserves several long,
loving chapters devoted to him. He was dreamy in a sweet/funny/nerdy
kind of way, which somehow in my teen brain made him a possible
candidate as a future boyfriend.
Shockingly, this did not end up happening. His characters were usually the
underdogs that you rooted for and wanted to end up with the girl - from Sixteen Candles to
Better off Dead to The Sure
Thing my crush continued.
It was his portrayal of Lloyd Dobler in 1989’s
Say Anything that solidified my
crush and my hope, along with every other girl in the world, that I
would hear Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” blasting outside my bedroom
window, only to open up the curtains to find this:
Lloyd falls for the class Valedictorian, Diane and decides on graduation
day that he is going to ask her out. In typical 80s fashion his friends
tell him this will never work, since she is so beautiful and smart.
Surprisingly Diane accepts Lloyd’s offer to go out and they begin seeing
each other, much to her father’s disapproval. Diane has a fellowship and
is set to fly off to England and her dad feels that time spent with
Lloyd is ruining her focus. After several dates and doing the deed in
the backseat of a car Diane starts ignoring Lloyd and his phone calls
despite her love for him.
Cue the famous scene that can easily become your Halloween costume this
Photo Credit: Bryant T.
Here is all you need:
- A khaki or brown trench coat
- Black pants
- White t-shirt
And one all-important prop is of course required:
Bonus points if you include a cassette tape with “In Your Eyes” playing on
a loop. Expect to get an upper body workout from lifting that big ‘ol
boom box over your head all night long.
Also expect to make plenty of people super nostalgic and want to re-watch
one of John Cusack’s greatest movies ever.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.