A romantic comedy from director Rob Reiner, who went on to make 'When Harry Met Sally'. Gib (John Cusack) is promised a devastating woman at a party across the country in Los Angeles. The only problem is that he has to share the car journey with prudish Alison (Daphne Zuniga), a fellow student whose priorities in life couldn't differ more. During the journey, however, the disparate couple find they have a few things in common.
Two mismatched college students (John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga) find themselves trapped together during a cross-country road trip, trying to make it home for the holidays. She can't stand him, and he just wants to get to LA, where a sexy "sure thing" is waiting to greet him with open arms. It's not hard to predict where this sweetly old-fashioned romantic comedy is going to end up, but along the way there are many pleasures to be had. Director Rob Reiner, in his second feature (after This Is Spinal Tap
), has a nice eye for the kitschy flotsam found along the American highway, and his identification with the college kids doesn't condescend to them one bit. The movie helped make a star of John Cusack, who gives a delightfully spritzy performance--kind of a precursor to his similarly energetic, likeable turn in Say Anything
. Given the usual crass tenor of Hollywood college movies, The Sure Thing
is something to treasure. --Robert Horton