In the movie's most celebrated scene, Lloyd, played by the adorable John Cusack, stands outside of Diane's bedroom window with a jam box hoisted above his head as Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" blares (pissing off local Phil Collins devotees). Though it isn't necessarily the best of Gabriel's post-Genesis oeuvre, the song is special to Lloyd and Diane because it was playing on the radio the first time they had teenage car sex (not sex with the car, but with each other while in the car).
A lot of people watch this iconic scene and think, "Gee, I wish someone would do something like that for me." Other people watch it and think, "Where can I get a jam box like that in the 21st century?" If you fall into that second group, the answer to your question is "somewhere on the Internet," but if you're poor like me and can't afford expensive Internet goods, then I have the perfect craft project for you.
- Cardboard, tons of it. (For the frame of the radio I used an empty Pepsi Max 12-pack box, another slightly larger box, and some other piece of cardboard I had in my cardboard storage locker, which holds cardboard and is entirely constructed of cardboard.)
- Silver Duct Tape
- Black Tissue Paper
- 2 Small Paper Plates
- Colorful Card Stock (Optional)
- Scotch Tape/Glue (Optional)
Now, let's move on to a wearable craft project.
The trench coat has become synonymous with Lloyd Dobler but if you've seen Say Anything as many times as I have then you know that Mr. Dobler loves The Clash and wears their band t-shirt EVERY DAY.
Embarrassing Say Anything related anecdote: When I was in 12th grade, I went on this retreat with my class. At the end of the week we had to write these affirmations on little scraps of paper where we'd tell our friends or teachers or retreat leaders how much they meant to us or how dope we thought they were, etc. The notes could be anonymous but by the end of the retreat we'd all become so close and comfortable with each other that no one hid their identity...or their true feelings. I had a crush on this one dude and wrote him an affirmation that was basically just the lyrics to "In Your Eyes." I ended the note by saying that I wanted to "touch the light, the heat" I saw in his eyes. Ugh. Luckily, I was sort of a funny girl in high school so I think he thought the whole thing was a joke.