I'm not much of a believer
in superlatives, so you'll have to believe me that when I say this film is
my favorite romantic comedy ever, these are not just idle words. Finally
re-released on video after about ten years off the market, The Sure
Thing is still as fresh and funny today as it was when it played the
theaters in 1985.
Starring a very young John Cusack (in his first starring
role) as Walter "Gib" Gibson, a lovelorn college freshman who can talk a
good game, but can't seem to find romance. Gib is a free-spirit, so when he
decides to pursue Alison Bradbury, a button-down yuppie girl (Daphne Zuniga)
in his class, it is an immediate disaster. Gib's best friend (Anthony
Edwards, later of ER) sets up a date for Gib with a "sure thing" (Nicolette
Sheridan), a beautiful and sexually experimental woman Gib has never met.
The only problem is, he has to get across country during Christmas
He gets a ride with an annoying show-tune singing couple (Tim
Robbins is the guy!), and of course, Alison is there, too, crossing country
to see her fiancé. As they fight across country, Gib and Alison slowly,
realistically, begin to hate each other less, then kind of respect each
other, and then like each other. Gib tones down the party guy aspect of his
personality and Alison opens up a little. You really get a rooting interest
in whether they will get together. Do anything you can to track down this
video before it disappears again. It's that good.