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The Sure Thing (1985)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Sure Thing (1985)

In Rob Reiner's traditional comedy romance:

  • the scene when college freshman Walter "Gib" Gibson (John Cusack) first saw a photograph of his 'sure thing' dream date - a sexy "blonde in a string bikini" (Nicollette Sheridan) - and was lured to California by his buddy Lance (Anthony Edwards)
  • his dream fantasies of "traveling 3,000 miles to get laid" and meeting her in a Malibu beachhouse and being seductively whispered to: "You want it, I want it. You know I want it. You don't have to bulls--t to get it, and even if you do bulls--t me, you still get it"
  • then later when she begged for more: ("Come on, Giblet, one more time, one more time...It was so good. It was so masterful, relentless, but with a delicate touch. Confident, creative. I was overwhelmed. You're a true artist")
  • Gib's ultimate realization that his smart, seemingly-incompatible, cross-country traveling companion Alison Bradbury (Daphne Zuniga) was more suited for him - even though he was promised: "Tonight is the first night of the rest of your sex life"
  • in his writing class after they both returned to the East Coast school after vacation and an English essay he had written titled The Sure Thing was read outloud by his teacher, Alison realized that he didn't sleep with his "sure thing" as he explained to her: "She wasn't my type"
  • their shared, curtain-closing, feel-good ending kiss under the stars


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