Doodad Kind of Town


Today’s Movie Talk : "Say Anything" vs. "Titanic"
October 27, 2007, 6:34 pm
Filed under: John Cusack

So last night, I was enjoying a tasty, well-earned margarita and an enormous chicken burrito with a couple of good friends when the conversation turned to movies.

My friend, Paige, told us she had read somewhere that “Titanic” actually lifts a lot of its major plot points from “Say Anything.” This cracked me up – since I can’t think of two more dissimilar films – one a quirky late 80s teen rom-com and one a blockbuster late 90s disaster/romantic drama. But then as she started to tick off some of the similarities, I realized she was right! “Titanic” really isn’t much more than Lloyd Dobbler and Diane Court in period costumes on a big boat. Think we’re crazy? Consider:
Say Anything: Lloyd takes Diane to a graduation party where she socializes with less stellar students she never would have partied with otherwise.
Titanic: Jack takes Rose to a party in steerage where she soicalizes with working-class people she would never have partied with otherwise.
Say Anything: Diane invites Lloyd to dinner with her father and his business associates where they grill him about his future plans, and he reveals himself to be a free spirit with no plans.
Titanic: Rose invites Jack to have dinner with her mother and her society associates who question him about his work, and he reveals himself to be a free spirit with no plans.
Say Anything: Lloyd teaches Diane how to drive a stick-shift.
Titanic: Jack teaches Rose how to “spit like a man”

Say Anything: Lloyd and Diane make love for the first time in the back seat of a car and the windows get all steamed up.
Titanic: Jack and Rose make love for the first time in the back seat of a car and the windows get all steamed up.

Say Anything: Lloyd ultimately saves Diane from living the life that had been planned for her by a controlling parent.
Titanic: Jack ultimately saves Rose from from living the life that had been planned for her by a controlling parent.

Pretty freaky, huh?

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Ok, This is too weird. Since Say Anything is one of my favorite movies. Titanic I always thought was OK, but not in the Say Anything category. Hmmmmm…..interesting

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