The Sure Thing
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Director Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing is essentially It Happened One Night for the 1980s, but its lack of surprise in no way impedes its entertainment value. John Cusack plays Walter "Gib" Gibson, a self-involved college freshman who makes plans to head to California, there to touch base (and a few other things) with a "sure thing" played by Nicollette Sheridan. Likewise planning a westward journey is coed Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga), a control freak who has a wealthy, stuffy fiancÚ over there. Gib and Alison despise one another on sight -- so naturally, they are… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] hysterically oversold mix of comic cliches from the 30s and the 80s."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There's plenty of mileage in this pairing, even if the movie isn't going anywhere unexpected."
‑ , Time Out
"A charming surprise."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A wonderful start for Cusack and Reiner."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Stars John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga are no Gable and Colbert, but they make for interesting juniorfied versions"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"This is a likeable film that follows all of the necessary steps to engage an audience. It may not be a sure thing, but it's at least a pretty good bet."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Walter and Alison are closer to real teenagers, with real doubts and hesitations and uncertainties."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the great teen comedies of the 80s. One reason why Cusack became what he became"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"One of the more "mature" teen comedies from the 80s."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"A sweet film with many laugh-out-loud moments, this is what teen comedies were like before apple pies entered the equation."
‑ Laura Bushell, Film4
"Realization may not be earth shattering, but in an era of fast food and faster sex, return to the traditional is downright refreshing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Rob Reiner's new film, The Sure Thing, is glowing proof of two things: Traditional romantic comedy can be adapted to suit the teen-age trade, and Mr. Reiner's contribution to This Is Spinal Tap was more than a matter of humor."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Sweet and wonderful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's a treasure, smartly written, delightfully played (you'll be able to see why Cusack quickly became a star), and scored with a half-dozen period hits..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, its sex romp overtures hide a warm and sympathetic heart."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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