Unlike most films, which begin with a screenplay, producer, James L. Brooks asked Cameron Crowe to write the story in prose first. The result was a 90-page novella that became the outline for the film, and from which Crowe wrote the final screenplay. In this charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd (JOHN CUSACK), an eternal optimist seeks to capture the heart of Diane, an unattainable high school beauty and straight-A student (IONE SKYE). He surprises just about everyone, including himself, when she returns the sentiment. But Dianeâ€™s over-possessive divorced Dad (JOHN MAHONEY) doesnâ€™t approve and itâ€™s gong to take more than just the power of love to conquer all.