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The Sure Thing

The Sure Thing (1985)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 3

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.

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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.

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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

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Comedy, Romance

Aug 5, 2003

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3) | DVD (18)

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

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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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.

June 9, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Realization may not be earth shattering, but in an era of fast food and faster sex, return to the traditional is downright refreshing.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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There's plenty of mileage in this pairing, even if the movie isn't going anywhere unexpected.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Walter and Alison are closer to real teenagers, with real doubts and hesitations and uncertainties.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A charming surprise.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the great teen comedies of the 80s. One reason why Cusack became what he became

August 17, 2008
Moviehole

Sweet and wonderful.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A wonderful start for Cusack and Reiner.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

One of the more "mature" teen comedies from the 80s.

February 5, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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...

January 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Stars John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga are no Gable and Colbert, but they make for interesting juniorfied versions

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A sweet film with many laugh-out-loud moments, this is what teen comedies were like before apple pies entered the equation.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, its sex romp overtures hide a warm and sympathetic heart.

December 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Smart, sassy and sweet. This showed John Cusack's promise as a romantic lead, and some.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Sure Thing

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 from the moment we see them, but these two think they despise each other. A fun 90 minutes!
October 14, 2013
Redlats

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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 - screwballian, in a way. Rob Reiner was definitely in his prime in the 80s.
April 28, 2011
jennifxu

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A fantastic drama/comedy about true love and life. It has a good cast, and a great story. I love it.
January 19, 2011
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