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The Sure Thing


Roger Davidson

The Sure Thing
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A fine updating of It Happened One Night starring John Cusack as a young college student, who plans to travel cross-country to California to meet the "sure thing" (Nicollette Sheridan), a lusty what every male desires sex object. However, the story takes an interesting left turn, as he travels on the road with a smart, attractive fellow student (Melrose Place's Daphne Zuniga). As in most romantic comedies, they don't hit it off at first, but they eventually find they have many things in common and fall in love. There are also the usual assortments of mishaps along the road to California and to the "sure thing".

Yes, it is predictable. But it's a refreshing antidote to a long era of movies, featuring women as either mindless topless bimbos or mindless topless bimbos waiting to be chopped up by maniacs in hockey masks. Zuniga and Cusack also offer two intelligent, well-rounded lead performances. The supporting cast is relatively useless, save for Tim Robbins in a hilarious turn as a show-tune loving driver.

My Rating = Three Stars

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