The Sure Thing
The Sure Thing (1985)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its final outcome is predictable, The Sure Thing is a charming, smartly written, and mature teen comedy featuring a breakout role for John Cusack.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[A] hysterically oversold mix of comic cliches from the 30s and the 80s.

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Time Out

There's plenty of mileage in this pairing, even if the movie isn't going anywhere unexpected.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

In a decade largely defined by raunchy teen sex comedies, here's a film that stood out from the pack thanks to its sweetness and sincerity.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Walter and Alison are closer to real teenagers, with real doubts and hesitations and uncertainties.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A classic. Has laughs in just about every single scene.

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Variety Staff

Realization may not be earth shattering, but in an era of fast food and faster sex, return to the traditional is downright refreshing.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

The Sure Thing succeeds most in identifying the self-effacing charm that would become Cusack's stock-in-trade as a young romantic lead.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga play university students who take a whole movie to realize they are meant for each other. The movie-going public are aware of it… More
Aj V
A fantastic drama/comedy about true love and life. It has a good cast, and a great story. I love it.
Cassie Hill
Another film that shows you that 1985 was the best year of the 80s. This movie shows you how John Cusacks character, Gib grows up, and decides that why hook up… More
CAST: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robins, Nicollette Sheridan, Boyd Gaines DIRECTED BY: Rob Reiner SUMMARY: A college student plans… More
Jennifer Xu
Mamma mia John Cusack was so hot in this movie! The dialogue was really snappy and I like how the ending was resolved only at the very, very last minute -… More
Conner Rainwater
Hilarious and one of my favorite John Cusack movies. It's a great teen comedy. The humor is really mature and the plot is above what you might expect. The… More