“The Sure Thing” Review

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Directed by Rob Reiner. With John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards, Boyd Gaines. Walter Gibson is a university freshman going through a dry spell. His old buddy arranges a “sure thing” for him in California. Gibson and his classmate Allison then take a long road trip out to Cali, and both foil each other’s plans.

The fourth film by Rob Reiner, and incidentally also the fourth film for a very young John Cusak, who looked young enough to be in high school and not college, but that’s just his baby faced good looks doing their part. There’s a great bit part by an also very young Tim Robbins as the driver of the cross country ride that quickly turns into a karaoke crusade across the plains of America.

There’s a not so believable transformation of a uptight college girl into a party girl in the final act and it honestly feels tacked on just so the boy could get the girl. Even if that bit feels awkward, the rest of the film more than makes up for it.

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