[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Sure Thing
A sure thing comes once in a lifetime... but the real thing lasts forever.
Gib, a beer-guzzling slob, and Alison, an uptight Ivy-Leaguer, are an unlikely duo stuck together on a cross-country trip during Christmas break. At first they get on each other's nerves but, as time passes, they find their divergent natures complement each other. Now they need to realize what they've already found before it's too late.
Rob Reineir's second theatrical work follows Gib and Alison. Gib is a guy who decides to leave for California in search of the right person: no questions, no blame or pressure, ie 100% guaranteed freedom. Alison is a girl who enjoys mature men, and who prefers routine to parites and who is goning to California as well, in order to meet up with her boyfriend. Despite the differences, the truth is that somewhere on this trip Gib and Alison end up liking the company of one another. Who is after all the right person?
It seems I'm running a marathon alongside John Cusack, and it seems I am actually enjoying his films (a lot), and he is still surprising me…
Being stuck in a car on a cross country drive with people singing show tunes the whole time is my worst nightmare
It's so bloody hot today that I'm not sure I'm going to get to the end of this review without melting. Hot weather really does totally suck. If I hear one more weather forecaster tell me this is beautiful weather then they are going to die. What am I, a bloody lizard?
This weather really does put me in a foul mood but fortunately The Sure Thing was almost as good as I remember it being so it did help rather a lot. This John Cusack starrer sees him hitchhiking cross country to California and a guaranteed tryst with Nicollette Sheridan, only he's lumbered with swot of his class and former…
"Hi, I'm Gary Cooper, but not the Gary Cooper that's dead."
Rob Reiner is the man when it comes to good 80's movies. The Sure Thing oozes of 80's in the very best way. Filled with the right amount of youthful jokes, brilliant dialogue, a stupid but utterly charming story and last but not least; some laughably loveable characters.
Boy, do I love the 80's!
Rob Reiner these days is known for repulsively corny, “life-affirming” films, supposedly aimed at all audiences but personally I think they should be banned from ever being shown to anyone. He hasn't made a good movie in a very long time but in the 80's and into the early 90's he made a streak of films that are absolutely wonderful and although The Sure Thing is the weakest I've seen out of them it is still a very enjoyable watch. Starring the charming John Cusack and the lovely Daphne Zuniga on a road trip that reminds me of the beginning of When Harry Met Sally, meaning it is full of biting humor and a winning chemistry between the leads. It's…
Even though The Sure Thing came out 4 years before Say Anything..., this John Cusack as the oddball intellectual underachiever trying to get the girl he has already placed firmly on a pedestal is just so old and tired. I am sure that if I watched The Sure Thing before Say Anything..., I would have felt as though Cusack had finally perfected the character he is often typecast as, because the latter is the better movie.
At one point in the movie Allison says that when she was 6 she wanted nothing more than to be a princess. This sparked a typical Gemini-fueled "let's talk about me"-fest where I tell my husband that I never once wanted to be a…
One of THE greatest 80s teen films ever made. Expertly acted and Cusack's wit has never been better. Very funny, and great soundtrack.
A young John Cusack is as charming as always and Daphne Zuniga is sparky as uptight Alison.
One of the 1980s better teen comedies. A sure thing.
If you ever wondered what When Harry Met Sally would have been like if it had just been about them car sharing across America, you can wonder no more and watch this.
The greatest Rob Reiner movie?
The greatest Rob Reiner flick?
Wisecracking college freshman John Cusack sets off on a cross-country road trip to California, lured by the promise of a pliant beach bunny waiting just for him; along for the ride is the straitlaced coed (Daphne Zuniga) he has an unrequited crush on, and sooner than you can say It Happened One Night, it happens. Rob Reiner directed, though it's difficult to recognize the admirably laconic mise-en-scene of This Is Spinal Tap in this hysterically oversold mix of comic cliches from the 30s and the 80s. Cusack is very funny, though his wit destroys the few shards of character that Reiner provides (can anyone this glib have so much trouble meeting girls?); Zuniga's support is winningly low-key. With Anthony Edwards.
Middle of the road.
It's a... SURE THING I won't be finishing this.
This was a pleasant surprise, since I was physically forced into watching this by my mom.
I absolutely love characters like John Cusack's in this movie, and I'm a sucker for road trips, rom coms, and 80s movies....so aside from the really abrupt ending, I love this a lot.
Early Rob Reiner with an eager, hilarious John Cusack
It's a pretty funny comedy, actually, but its plot beats are all very familiar. The first act is a bit rough, especially as the protagonist, Gibson, is somewhat unlikable at first, but the laughs really pick up in the second act, where the characters also gain a considerable leap in complexity. These young adults have realistic problems, and though Gibson in particular slips back into being a little turd every now and then, he's largely much more likable in this part of the movie. However, it's pretty obvious how it's going to wind up, and as entertaining as The Sure Thing is, there aren't a whole lot of surprises, especially in the third act, where it all has to come…
There are some voracious film watchers on Letterboxd with diverse tastes so I thought it would be interesting to see…
This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…