2012 Was A Bust, But The Sure Thing Is A Sure Thing

MCDSUTH EC005It’s been a blah kind of day at The House on the Hill, so I decided to watch one of the numerous movies stored on the DVR.  I’m a huge John Cusack fan, so I try to catch anything he’s in, even if it’s a big budget flick about the end of the world.

2012, which clocked in at 3:35 on my DVR, had something to do with the world ending because the Mayans ran out of calendars and the Earth’s core got overheated.  I’m not really sure.  It was too long, Cusack was supposed to be serious (even though it was clear he realized the script was hilariously stupid), and saving the world involved getting rich people and animals onto arks in China.

Not exactly my cup of tea.  Do you want to know what’s a big, yummy glass of Snapple Lemon Iced Tea, though?  The little seen Cusack classic, The Sure Thing.

If you haven’t seen that flick, please correct that oversight immediately.  Cusack is young, hilarious, cocky, and has a ton of great lines.  I’d often use his fake pick up line on The Girl Who Likes To Be Wooed, just to make her giggle.  It goes something like this: “Usually around girls, I’m awkward and shy, but with you, it’s different.  We speak each other’s unspoken language.  Fluently. [Insert The Girls’ real name here], I love you.”

My favorite scene in the movie is the one where Cusack pretends to be a crazed hitchhiker in order to save Daphne Zuniga from a horny driver who wants Zuniga to be a sure thing.  I’ve carefully recreated the scene here for your enjoyment…

So what do you think, Modern Philosophers?  Willing to trust The Guy in the Toga and check out the flick?  Remember, I do have a BFA in Film…

If you do watch it, let me know what you think.  I promise…it’s a Sure Thing!


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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24 Responses to 2012 Was A Bust, But The Sure Thing Is A Sure Thing

  1. I have seen it a few times and yes it is a classic.

  2. Dagmar Tully says:

    I totally forgot how great that scene was! Thanks!

  3. Running1 says:

    Love everything John Cusack but High Fidelity is my favorite. And of course every time Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes comes on the radio, I can remember exactly where I was watching Say Anything. Although I’ve seen A Sure Thing, it’s been a while so time to queue it back up.

  4. amb says:

    You KNOW how much I love this one … thanks to your recommendation, of course! 😉

  5. LucyJartz says:

    Netflix had 12 John Cusack movies, but not that one. My husband groaned when I suggested America’s Sweethearts, so I bet I’ll like it.

  6. ksbeth says:

    Saw this and loved it and also loved better off dead )

  7. I love John Cusack! I think my two favorites by him are Grosse Pointe Blank and Better Off Dead. I still remember his as the junior nerd in Sixteen Candles with the bra on his head. LOL!

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