[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…
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…
Super super young John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga have wonderful chemistry in this road trip comedy. If you've seen just about any teen road trip movie since this was released (1985), you'll know how it ends... but who cares when it's this entertaining?
Robert fucking Elswit shot it, so you know it looks gorgeous (certainly more than most of these movies do), and Rob Reiner had a better 80's than most filmmakers (this feels like a warmup for When Harry Met Sally) so you know the rest is great too.
Great cameos from Anthony Edwards, Larry Hankin and a movie stealing Tim Robbins singing show tunes.
And Nicolette Sheridan... Table for humina!! Just wow.
It's very formulaic but hey, it is also emotionally honest and poignant. The dynamics between the two likable characters are interesting enough, and Rob Reiner's magic works because he is sentimental without overselling it.
Still a criminally underrated 80's comedy.
To tell the truth, I think I pretty much said it all last time around....
Every so often you just want to hang out with the 'golden era-Cusack', and he sure is a hard guy to resist. The Sure Thing lack a bit of the real highs of other 80s teen-movies, but it's got charm, heart and--of course--Cusackian lines thrown around right, left and even into space. I'll remove half a star from my last review, but in Criticker-land (as in; on my 0-100 scale) it only loses a few points (which sadly is enough to at first glance seem a bit worse than it still feels).
The 80s wasn't my decade. Heck, I was just a kid back then--not…
When I was watching this I thought I was so clever in comparing this to It Happened One Night until I go online and discover that's what everyone has said. This is filled to the brim with really great lines, fun performances and actually works at making these two feel like a believable pairing. Can't believe I hadn't seen this yet.
I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen this. I know I’ve seen “Say Anything” but I think I missed this one. I heard some people talking about “The Sure Thing” on a podcast (as usual) and I thought, “John Cusack is usually pretty solid. I should check that out.” So, again, as usual, “The Sure Thing” got put on my list of movies to see about six months ago and, finally, I managed to get my hands on it.
It’s pretty cool… One of my video stores has a classic movies section and every month they get a few new old movies. It’s because of this section I managed to see “Shaun of the Dead”, “Quiz Show” and “The Longest Yard…
I feel like this would have been really refreshing back in it's day. It seems like a lot of the romantic/teen comedies from the 80's were mainly concerned about sex and nothing else but The Sure Thing is about the actual relationship between two extremely likable characters played by John Cusak and Daphne Zuniga. The plot is nothing new- you can always tell where it's going- but that's okay because it's how they get there that really matters and it's so great here. I loved this movie.
Guess what movie is better than The Breakfast Club. The fucking Sure Thing. I'm now 100% certain that 80s John Cusack is the most charming person who's ever lived and that 80s Daphne Zuniga is worth doing anything for. Zuniga's old-fashionedness provides a perfect foil for Cusack's shenanigans and the two are beyond adorable together. Wonderful.
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