I watched this five or six times in my late teens, and I found it the sweetest thing.
But tonight I viewed it through cynical lenses. How is it going to work? They're only nineteen years old! She's embarking on an international scholarship, and he doesn't have any career objectives whatsoever. How is she going to respect him in the long run?
Then he sent her the card about how he will always be there for her (tender but not mushy), and he wept while saying manly things at the gas station to his hoodlum acquaintances, and he left her a voice mail wittily predicting her reactions...
By the time the classic scene rolled around, I was totally won over again.
Diane's Dad: [to Lloyd] "You're not a permanent part of her life. You're a distraction."
Lloyd: "I'm the distraction that's going with her to England, sir."
Dan and I recently discussed whether people go through more heartache when breaking up as teenagers, or later in life. We decided from our own observations that there's more heartache when you're older. The first cut is not the deepest, it would seem.
It's surprising, because I thought that during young love, you go through all the angst.
Diane: "I can't believe we're actually doing this. No one thinks this will actually work, do they?"
Diane: [sad, mouth downturned]
Lloyd: "You just described every single success story."