"The Sure Thing" (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Rob Reiner
Written By: Jonathan Roberts, Steve Bloom
Runtime: 94 minutes
Gib (John Cusack), a college freshman, keeps striking out with women. When he learns that a beautiful Californian (Nicollette Sheridan) wants to have a tryst with him, he decides to carpool all the way to the West Coast to meet her. Unfortunately, one of the other passengers on the trip is Alison (Daphne Zuniga), an attractive but domineering girl who has rejected Gib once before. The journey is a nightmare until a funny thing happens -- Gib and Alison start to fall in love.
I enjoyed this film. John Cusack is always likable and no less so in The Sure Thing. I think he and Daphne Zuniga worked well together in the leading roles. Their characters bickered a lot but underneath it all they grew to think more of each other as the film went on.
I think the whole film is written very well. It’s smart and entertaining and even though the love story is predictable, it’s genuinely funny. It’s not over the top or too out of our own world either. The characters are relatable and experience worries and concerns that are common and real among teenagers. It’s not all about the typical rom-com filled woes characters go through.
Nicollette Sheridan, better known for her role in the comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, makes her movie debut here which is another reason to give it a watch.
A very sweet film. One I recommend.