‘Joe lies … Joe lies when he cries …’

‘Joe lies … Joe lies when he cries …’


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.

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JasonNo Gravatar November 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm

That’s a great story. It made me smile…and to do so on a dreary Monday morning (aren’t most?) is a feat in itself. As many times I have watched this great movie, that reference was too inside baseball for me to pull out, but it served as a great reminder for that scene. I need to score me a copy and run the trivia gambit. Thanks for the tip.

Paul72No Gravatar November 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Yes but the best ending would have been you took the woman home and gave her a Dobbler.

EPorvaznikNo Gravatar November 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Awesome story, Christian! Sadly, I’m stuck doing the “Lloyd, Lloyd, all null and void” rap anytime I hear that that name (or anything that closely rhymes with it).

cftotoNo Gravatar November 3, 2009 at 4:58 pm

So true, EP … and I have to break out a version of “I don’t wanna sell anything bought or processed …” at least once a month.

EricPNo Gravatar November 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Though happily married, “Bitches, man.” is still probably my monthly go-to. Those Gas ‘n Sip guys (and kid) rock … even Joe.

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