When free-spirited but juvenile Walter "Gib" Gibson (John Cusack) meets studious, uptight Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga) at an unnamed Ivy League college, sparks fly; unfortunately, they are mostly of the disastrous variety as all of Gib's attempts at courtship fall painfully apart. Inevitably, the duo is tossed together when they both answer the same ad for a ride to California. While Alison is traveling to reunite with her tidy law school boyfriend, Gib is on the road to meet a beautiful girl his best friend promises him is "a sure thing." Before too long, Gib and Alison's bickering inflames the driver, who promptly deposits the two with their suitcases on the side of a lonely highway thousands of miles from their destination. As the misadventures pile up, the initially contentious pair begin to take a liking to one another--but do these two dare fall in love?
Rob Reiner's initial attempt at romantic comedy pays subtle homage, with gentle lyricism, to the classic screwballs of early Hollywood. The film is buoyed by the stellar performances of the two leads, Cusack (in one of his first significant roles) and Zuniga, who are reminiscent of the great studio pairings of the past.
Daphne Zuniga - American TV/film actress
Tim Robbins - American Actor/Director, BOB ROBERTS (1992)
John Cusack - American actor, SAY ANYTHING/GROSSE POINTE BLANK
Nicollette Sheridan - TV/Film Actress, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, KNOTS LANDING
Lisa Jane Persky - Actress
Rob Reiner - American Director/Actor
Viveca Lindfors - Swedish Actress/In USA
Anthony Edwards - American Actor
Gib, a beer-guzzling slob, and Alison, an uptight Ivy-Leaguer, are an unlikely duo stuck together on a cross-country trip during Christmas break. At first they grate on each other's nerves but, as time passes, they find their divergent natures complement each other. Now they need to realize what they've already found before it's too late.
THE SURE THING features early screen appearances by John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Anthony Edwards, and Daphne Zuniga. Cusack and Robbins would star together in TAPEHEADS in 1988. Cusack would later appear in many of Robbins's directorial efforts.
"...Huge hearted, immaculately cast and jammed with rewindables..." -- 4 out of 5 Stars - 06/01/2000 Total Film, p.104
"...Cusack demonstrates his character's fundamental decency....[His] underlying steadiness anchors the film..." -- Rating: B+ - 10/08/1999 Entertainment Weekly, pp.74-5
"...The surest thing here is the inspiration guiding [the film makers]....Beguiling..." - 03/01/1985 New York Times, p.C12
"...Cusack and Zuniga are real finds, as talented as they are intelligent....Lots of film have sweetness and humor, but THE SURE THING also has smarts..." - 03/01/1985 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"...A refreshing, charming and quietly wonderful love story..." - 08/21/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.35
"Rob Reiner directed THE SURE THING as the follow-up project to his untoppable THIS IS SPINAL TAP, and it's still one of his best..." - 08/08/2003 USA Today, p.12D
"[T]his is a near-not perfect comedy that demonstrates Reiner's sure hand in any genre." - 09/01/2005 Uncut, p.147
"[S]urprisingly deep for a flick that rests on the same shelf as HARDBODIES and MY TUTOR." -- Grade: B+ - 03/04/2011 Entertainment Weekly