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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite comedy of all time
Yes it's a 'college' movie. Yes there's a bikini-clad young lady on the cover (Nicolette Sheridan in a beautifully restrained, gorgeous airhead role). But this isn't just a college movie. Particularly as the film really only gets into its stride once it hits the open road. Daphne Zunige is a pre-Monica Geller, anal type, who's off to see her dull preppie boyfriend in L.A...
Published on 18 Sep 2001 by D. Fraser

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2.0 out of 5 stars Spontaneity has its time and place.
Gib Gibson {John Cusack}is on to a "sure thing," the treasure at the end of every horny male college student's rainbow, a guaranteed night of passion with a babe and no strings attached. But there are troubles in his way. Firstly, this "sure thing" {in the shapely form of Nicollette Sheridan} is on the other side of the country, thus he has to hitch his...
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite comedy of all time, 18 Sep 2001
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D. Fraser "bookworm" (Southport, UK) - See all my reviews
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Yes it's a 'college' movie. Yes there's a bikini-clad young lady on the cover (Nicolette Sheridan in a beautifully restrained, gorgeous airhead role). But this isn't just a college movie. Particularly as the film really only gets into its stride once it hits the open road. Daphne Zunige is a pre-Monica Geller, anal type, who's off to see her dull preppie boyfriend in L.A. John Cusack is 'Gib', a typical college freshman on his way to L.A. (where you can get a 'totally bitchin' education, dude') to see his friend Lance (Anthony Edwards, pre Top Gun), and hook up with the eponymous Sure Thing. The plot may be old hat, and the format hackneyed, but performances of sheer charm from Cusack and Zunige, together with great acting from a supporting cast that includes Tim Robbins in a cameo role as showtune-singing Gary make this a film everyone will love, however many times they watch it. Every scene is perfectly constructed, and Rob Reiner's script offers even more quotable gems than his earlier 'This is Spinal Tap'. Don't judge a film by its cover. Just watch it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars US College Gem !, 24 April 2000
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Yeah, yeah, five stars you're going to ask yourself at the end of this film, however, I grew up with this film. Alright it might be a US college film but it's one that doesn't fall into the trap of being like "10 things I hate about you", which is absolute pants. Cusack is at his best, making this film as watchable as "Ferris Buellers Day Off". Worth it purely for the "Nick's a guy who'll let you spew in his car" scene. Go out and get it. A must for all film reviewers.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Cusack fan, 31 Aug 2004
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Mr O Gardham (Hull, East Yorkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This was the first Cusack movie I ever saw, and though he has since starred in many Hollywood greats (notably Being John Malkovic and High Fidelity) it still remains my favourate Cusack movie.
The film follows the adventures of two dipolar college students thrown together on a cross-country journey one summer. John Cusack plays the slobbish slacker up against Zuniga's straight-laced intellectual. Whilst the story-line itself doesn't have any shocking twists or turns, it's the dialogue between the two central characters that gives the film it's value. Their contrasting 'odd couple' personalities light up the film the whole way through and clever script-work provides a generous helping of laughs mixed with genuinely heart-warming scenes. Whilst the format of the average road movie may have changed over the last 20 years, this movie has not aged one bit, and still holds its own in comparison to it's modern-day counterparts.
I thoroughly recommend this film to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than what came later, 29 Nov 2003
If you've ever watched When Harry Met Sally and felt the opening college sequences were cut short its because they are a poor reworking of this film. The story of two students traveling across America, enduring show tunes on the way, and falling in love is far supoerior to its better known stable mate. John cusack also delivers the worst chat up line in history.... "Consider space"
If you haven't seen it already buy it now!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sure Thing, 30 Oct 2005
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Guy (Chorley, Lancashire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Having seen it at the cinema on its' original release this film has remained my favourite ever. John Cusack is as superb then as he is now. Essentially this is a road movie with John travelling across country to meet his 'no strings attached, Sure Thing'. Unfortunately he is travelling with the prim and proper Daphne Zuniga and a brilliantly neurotic driver - a stellar performance by Tim Robbins - who can't take the couple's bickering and throws them out of the car in the middle of nowhere! The rest of the film involves the journey to California, the mishaps along the way and the burgeoning romance between the two main characters. It's a "laugh riot" that should be watched again and again because it gets funnier every time. Look out for a pre-ER Anthony Edwards as Cusack's best friend "Lance". I think I know it word perfect now, a must see for all John Cusack fans and those who just like a really good chuckle!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feelgood and funny!, 6 Aug 2005
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Well it's been a long wait but finally 'The Sure Thing' makes it to Region 2 DVD. Perhaps this is in part due to the fact that it features Nicollette Sheridan of Desperate Housewives fame in the role of the eponymous 'sure thing'
This is with out doubt one of the better romantic comedies of it era, the sort of film that you should reach for when browsing with your girlfriend in the local video store. Easy viewing, funny and feelgood.
This film has largely slipped through the cracks and remains in my opinion a largely undiscovered gem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A step back to the 80's, 8 Nov 2012
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This was one of my favourite films during the 80's...so worried that it may not have lasted well. However a sharp script and John Cusack's charm have survived. Watched with my wife, who never saw it first time round, she loved it too
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite comedy of all time, 15 Jan 2006
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D. Fraser "bookworm" (Southport, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Sure Thing [DVD] (DVD)
Yes it's a 'college' movie. Yes there's a bikini-clad young lady on the cover (Nicolette Sheridan in a beautifully restrained, gorgeous airhead role). But this isn't just a college movie. Particularly as the film really only gets into its stride once it hits the open road. Daphne Zunige is a pre-Monica Geller, anal type, who's off to see her dull preppie boyfriend in L.A. John Cusack is 'Gib', a typical college freshman on his way to L.A. (where you can get a 'totally bitchin' education, dude') to see his friend Lance (Anthony Edwards, pre Top Gun), and hook up with the eponymous Sure Thing. The plot may be old hat, and the format hackneyed, but performances of sheer charm from Cusack and Zunige, together with great acting from a supporting cast that includes Tim Robbins in a cameo role as showtune-singing Gary make this a film everyone will love, however many times they watch it. Every scene is perfectly constructed, and Rob Reiner's script offers even more quotable gems than his earlier 'This is Spinal Tap'. Don't judge a film by its cover. Just watch it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 80's classic, 8 Sep 2005
This review is from: The Sure Thing [DVD] (DVD)
This seems to be a film that gets overlooked whenever films from the 80's are mentioned but it really is a classic. John Cusack is as brilliant as ever and you will have fun spotting all the now well known actors who were then just starting out.
It is a feelgood film, with the road trip madness and a good storyline, the characters are funny and well acted.
A must for any fan of the 80's to add to their collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1980s Classic, 19 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Sure Thing [DVD] (DVD)
This film is packed with memorable one liners, 'I don't know Lance, maybe I'm getting too old for all of this' - Cusack's character Walter 'Gib' Gibson is only 19 years of age, but many of us have felt that way at a similar age, perhaps after attending a succession of parties and with the vicissitudes of the dating life...
'Gib' sets out ostensibly to meet the sure thing but falls instead for the smart girl, in a way, both of these characters need each other, 'you're flunking English, that's your mother tongue.. and stuff', a retort applied to Gibson by one of freshmen pals, 'I hear she goes for the intellectual type...' 'so I'm intellectual and stuff', Gibson's initial reply setting in flow a canny plan based upon... pity. I've scrambled these up, if you watch the film you'll enjoy the flow of wit...
From the beginning we can tell he feels obliged to his friend Lance, but vying with this friendship and soon to eclipse it, is a romantic tale of self-discovery which includes the delights and philosophy of junk food, show tunes, crazy pick-up drivers, and the very memorable singing scene in the bar. Just like the film that followed, When Harry Met Sally it coincides with Christmas, and packs in a sensitive and intelligent vibe throughout, The cinematography is crystal.I won't tell you to buy it, but I will just say, rarely these days do they make films with this amount of intelligence and charm. It's not so much an 80s classic as...a one off, and therefore I'd view this film as a film in its own right untarnished by genre classification or similar.
'My whole life I never had a sure thing. . .'
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