|THE SURE THING (director: Rob Reiner; screenwriter: Jonathan Roberts/Steve Bloom; cinematographer: Robert Elswit; editor: Robert Leighton; music: Tom Scott; cast: John Cusack (Gibson), Daphne Zuniga (Alison Bradbury), Anthony Edwards (Lance), Boyd Gaines (Jason), Tim Robbins (Gary Cooper), Lisa Jane Persky (Mary Ann Webster), Nicollette Sheridan (The Sure Thing); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Roger Birnbaum; Embassy Pictures; 1985)|
|"A slightly amusing
mainstream coming-of-age rom/com directed
by Rob Reiner."
by Dennis Schwartz
slightly amusing mainstream coming-of-age rom/com
directed by Rob Reiner ("The Bucket
List"/"North"/"The Magic of Belle Isle"). It
rips off the story line from It Happened One Night
(1934), but the story here lacks excitement and Cusack
is no Clark Gable.
plays a feisty, obnoxious New England college
freshman named Walter Gibson, who is miserable
because he doesn't have a girlfriend. He tries to
make a pass at his attractive but uptight
goody-goody English classmate, Alison Bradbury (Daphne
Zuniga), but she rejects him.
Gib's pal from high school, the wise guy Lance
(Anthony Edwards), attends college in sunny LA and
fixes Gib up with a sexy gal who is a 'sure
thing' (Nicollette Sheridan).
Gib takes the bait after seeing her pose in a bikini
for a photo and shares a ride over the Christmas
holidays with a corny upbeat sing together insisting
couple (Tim Robbins & Lisa
Jane Persky). By
coincidence Alison joins them, as she's going to LA
to see her UCLA boyfriend (Boyd
Gaines). Though the two initially
don't get along, by the time they return from LA
things have warmed up considerably.
was Cusack's first starring role. The sentimental
old-fashioned romance lacks magic, has too many
stale comedy cliches and is too predictable. But it
might be refreshing for those in search of a tame
teen romancer, one that is even a little bit sassy.
REVIEWED ON 12/10/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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