The Sure Thing (1985)

The Sure Thing

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Critic 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.


Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Roberts, Steve Bloom
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
Runtime:

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Cast


as Walter "Gib" Gibson

as Alison Bradbury

as Jason

as Mary Ann Webster

as Prof. Taub

as The Sure Thing

as Gary Cooper

as Louise

as Charlie

as Trucker

as Girl in Sarong

as Will

as Girl at Party

as Girl in the Photo

as Katherine

as Guy at Frat Party

as Football Player

as Frat Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Sure Thing

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | November 6, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 9, 2009
ReelViews
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sure Thing

½

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!

Redlats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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 with a sure thing when the real thing was there all along. This movie is an 80s classic! I would also recommend this movie to people who want to laugh as well. :) It's a classic movie! :) I love it :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

½

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.

jennifxu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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