Working at a video store provided the springboard for an Oscar-winning career for Quentin Tarantino.
For me, it gave me the cushiest job a movie geek could ever want and fodder for a “Say Anything” related post.
The 1989 film introduced us to an unconventional kickboxer named Lloyd (John Cusack) and the girl of his dreams, brainy Diane (Ione Skye).
I embraced the movie as eagerly as my peers, which makes its re-release this week cause for celebration.
“Say Anything: 20th Anniversary Edition” features a new interview with Cusack, Skye and director Cameron Crowe as well as a trivia track with more than 200 questions.
But the film indirectly gave me one of my best memories working behind the video store counter.
One day a young woman, after scouring the VHS shelves for what seemed like hours, asked me for some help.
“Do you have that movie … ‘Joe lies … when he cries?’” she asked.
Normally, a video store clerk would be caught flat-footed by such a vague question. But “Say Anything” was one of the films I watched relentlessly while behind the counter (along with “Raising Arizona” which I popped in at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday shift just as the customer flow was hitting its peak).
So I knew “Joe Lies …” was the heartbreak song Lloyd’s platonic pal, played by Lili Taylor, crooned for her cheating no good ex-beau.
Today, a simple google search would have done the trick. But I felt like I earned my keep that day.