Say Anything Turns 25: 15 Life Lessons from Lloyd Dobler

04/14/2014 at 02:45 PM EDT

'Say Anything' Celebrates 25th Anniversary
John Cusack in Say Anything
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Break out your boom box, because April 14 is Say Anything's 25th anniversary.

Cameron Crowe's 1989 directorial debut tells the teenage love story of alternative dude Lloyd Dobler and goody-goody scholar Diane Court. As always, opposites attract and eventually ride off into the sunset (or, in this case, fly to England) – but not before coping with a meddling papa and immortalizing an iconic Peter Gabriel slow jam.

Starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, Say Anything is a film with heart and a surprising amount of philosophy. It's a mix that has helped this rom-com outlast the '80s and find new fans each year.

Do you want to know what love is? Lloyd Dobler is here to show you. Below, 15 ageless life lessons from Say Anything.

1. A pen is a poor token of affection





2. But grand romantic gestures never go out of style







3. Especially when Peter Gabriel is on board

4. Kickboxing is the sport of the future

5. Men > Guys



6. Want to impress her? Write a letter



7. Never settle for subpar



8. Freedom of choice is a fail-proof excuse

9. Trench coats can be dreamy



10. Keep a blanket in your car at all times

 

11. To love and to need are two different things



12. Dating doesn't have to be complicated

 
 

13. Watch out for broken glass



14. The '80s were a great time to be a teenage girl



15. Twenty-five years later, Lloyd Dobler is still the ideal man






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