The Sure Thing
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Drama
  • Year: 1985
English: 5.1 Dolby Surround / French: Mono
English & French / Subtitled


John Cusack (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity), Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs) and Nicollette Sheridan ("Desperate Housewives") star in this charming tale of true love that's at once "intelligent, fun, a bit devilish [and] delightful, frisky and perceptively funny" (The Hollywood Reporter)! College freshman Walter "Gib" Gibson (Cusack) has a "sure thing" goinga date with a very hot and very sex-craved blonde (Sheridan) across the country in LA. Crossed by fateand the ride-share bulletin boardGib makes the trip with a studious and abrasive coed (Zuniga). But as they mount every obstacle from show tune-singing simpletons and bad weather to leering truck drivers and worse luck, their temperaments change and Gib realizes that the only sure thing isthat losing the real thing would be the worst thing of all!

Disc Information

**Audio Commentary
**Trivia Track

Cast & Crew

John Cusack ... Walter "Gib" Gibson
Daphne Zuniga ... Alison Bradbury
Anthony Edwards ... Lance
Boyd Gaines ... Jason
Tim Robbins ... Gary Cooper
Lisa Jane Persky ... Mary Ann Webster
Viveca Lindfors ... Prof. Taub


James Berardinelli ReelViews | June 09, 2009

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.

Variety Staff Variety | October 18, 2008

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

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | October 23, 2004

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

Janet Maslin New York Times | May 20, 2003

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.


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