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Sure Thing, The
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by Natasha Theobald

"A romantic comedy that actually manages to be funny and romantic."
4 stars

Walter Gibson is somewhat disappointed with his high school experience. Frankly, he hasn't gotten laid quite as much as he thought he would. He isn't hopeful things will change, either, because the same girls that don't get him now will be the girls not getting him in college. And, he won't be getting them either, so to speak.

Gib sees an opportunity to make a change with the attractive, miss priss in his writing class. He tries to woo her with pity, asking for help to raise his failing grade. She has a firm grasp of proper form and punctuation, but she isn't able to give herself over to the spirit of his creativity. What do you think? Will these kids be able to see the good in each other and find a way to love?

Throwing them into a car for a few thousand miles might help. They both seek shared rides to Los Angeles. She is going to see her future lawyer, fellow repressed person boyfriend. He is traveling for a chance with the titular "sure thing." They wind up in an automobile together with a show tune loving, perky as something really perky couple from another era. Their constant bickering gets them booted, though, and they have to make their way to L.A. on a limited budget by hitchhiking and looking out for one another.

I must admit that I love this movie. If frequent renter points were given on video rentals, I would have racked up quite a few with this movie circa 1989. I was too young to drive but old enough to rent. This movie is like a bridge between the John Cusack of Better Off Dead and the John Cusack in Say Anything.... He is sweet and lovable and funny beyond words. Daphne Zuniga has trouble spitting her lines out at times, but we can forgive. Their chemistry is just so sincere and welcome in a world of montages meant to represent the time it takes to fall in love. Here, we actually see it happen, gradually and with barriers. Of course, there is some cheese, but who among us has not uttered a cheesy sentiment to the one we love? Go ahead. Raise your hand.

Other highlights include Tim Robbins and Lisa Jane Persky as the perky couple and Anthony Edwards with a full head of blond hair as Lance, Gib's best friend. Boyd Gaines is the boyfriend who thinks a cup of hot tea makes for a hot evening. Nicolette Sheridan is the sure thing, wearing tiny bikinis throughout, if that sort of thing might interest you. I also love the guy at the bar who just wants the waitress to love him, fatty foods and all, and the scene with the woman who asks about baby names. Honestly, I have too many favorite moments to share, and I don't want to ruin them for you by trying. Suffice it to say, you will laugh, and you will laugh more each time you watch it.

If you are past crappy teenage movies but not quite ready to graduate to full-blown adult fare, The Sure Thing is the perfect college comedy to help you bridge the gap. It brings a smile to my face just to think about it.

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User Comments

3/09/14 JP Zuniga's acting with her eyes in the waking-up scene is incredible. 5 stars
8/20/11 Daniel Kelly A witty script and lovable Cusack render this a winner. 4 stars
8/07/05 Ted Ryan Great movie, even twenty years later. 5 stars
3/07/05 Jeff Anderson ROB REINER'S LAST PERFECT FILM! Cusack & Zuniga are ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! 5 stars
2/27/04 andy clark Enjoy! 4 stars
10/14/03 Erik Van Sant One of the greatest from the 80's. Who invented liquid soap, and why? 5 stars
10/12/03 laura paterson perfect teen flick 4 stars
8/17/03 Lorraine Absolutely brillian - still think so at 32 5 stars
4/07/03 Jack Sommersby That rare raod comedy that's actually witty and funny! Cusack is a revelation. 5 stars
3/17/03 CineCritic Funny and sweet romantic comedy with a lot of heart, and truth about relationships. 5 stars
3/15/03 Deanna You gotta love anything with John Cusack, but this film is great 5 stars
12/12/02 Lance Meyerink Cusack at his best! 5 stars
8/01/02 R.W. Welch Pleasant but predictable romantic comedy, paced a shade slow. 3 stars
1/20/02 Dan From the time when Rob Reiner took pride in his work ! 5 stars
1/06/02 billa Hawkboy is an idiot, Rob Reiner is a ten times better director than John Hughes 3 stars
1/03/02 Joe Bean Funny and caring 5 stars
11/09/01 Andrew Loved it, want to see it again 5 stars
8/08/01 Peaty One of my all time favorites 5 stars
8/02/01 Veronica I didn't know much of the cast except for John Cusack, but it is a charming movie. 4 stars
12/13/00 Edit Bella My favourite 5 stars
10/03/00 Bridget I love it and can watch it over and over again! Tim Robbins has a very funny bit in it. 5 stars
8/19/00 Neil A very enjoyable film indeed. John Cusack rules all. 4 stars
5/10/00 Cutter Mitchell This movie rocks. Cusack is great in it and it's an intelligent story. Tons of fun. 5 stars
11/02/99 Adrian Luca Rob Reiner does Savage Steve Holland does Frank Capra 4 stars
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