The Sure Thing [VHS] (1985)
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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
If you haven't seen it already buy it now!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is simply the best modern film I've ever seen and amply qualifies for the term "undiscovered gem. Read morePublished 10 months ago by idlerider
A 80s movie its a lot of fun and is one to see but it is an 80s film and its a short sharp burst
The cast is good the writing OK but its short its sort of cheesy but it... Read more
This is Rob Reiner's attempt to make a teen film which is funny in places but predictable with a decent performance by a young John Cusack.Published 13 months ago by josh91
Standard John Cusack. It was worth watching again.Published 14 months ago by St. Stephen of Southview.
Nothing like a sure thing right? Guilt free involvement with the opposite sex. But then reality has a habit of tapping you on the shoulderPublished 15 months ago by PPS