A Tribute to Lloyd Dobler

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Lloyd Dobler from the 1989 film Say Anything is the everyman. He is, fortunately for us, the everyman who knows exactly what he wants out of life — Diane Court.

The Valedictorian with a free ride to a college in England, Diane is the polar opposite of Lloyd, who hangs out with his buddies behind the Gas N Sip discussing the mysteries of life. She has memorized a dictionary, while Lloyd is trying to become the next kickboxing legend.

There is a singular quote from the movie that I think would make all our lives easier:

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”

His chances of actually getting together with Diane who has the brain of Einstein and the body of a game show hostess would be nil in the real world. I mean, think about your own high school days. Would you have made the play or not? When questioned at the party on his success, Lloyd gives the best answer ever:

“I’m Lloyd Dobler.”

Say Anything is a great movie for a number of reasons: great music, especially “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, a great cast that was pretty unknown at the time, but mostly, Lloyd Dobler and his quote we should all live by:

“I am looking for a dare to be great situation.”

So says Lloyd. I’ll leave you with this: