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The Sure Thing [VHS] (1985)

4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Actors: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines, Tim Robbins
  • Directors: Rob Reiner
  • Writers: Jonathan Roberts, Steve Bloom
  • Producers: Andrew Scheinman, Henry Winkler, Jeffrey Stott, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4 Front
  • VHS Release Date: 8 May 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CK40
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,928 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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