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.
College freshman Walter (Gib) Gibson decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during winter break. Awaiting there is a bikini-clad babe whom his friend assures him is a "sure thing". Meanwhile, Allison, a cute (but somewhat retentive) girl at Gib's college has also decided to head out to Cal. to see her boyfriend during break. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell, and somewhere along the way, they find each others company to be tolerable. Now, what will become of Gib's "sure thing?"Written by
The film's "Sure Thing" title also formed part of two of the movie's taglines, they being "A sure thing comes once in a lifetime...but the real thing lasts forever" and "He's onto a sure thing . . . but ends up on the funniest journey to romance you've ever seen". See more »
The color of the car they are traveling in. See more »
You'll never believe what I wanted to be when I was six.
A classics professor?
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This film has an alternate version. The first scene of the alternate version starts with the scene right before Lance's dialogue "Private Gibson" to Gibson (John Cusack) where Gibson is sitting alone. This version doesn't have scenes with Gibson's dialogue to two women.
This version delete the scene where Gibson's roommate is making love to his girlfriend.
This version also doesn't have the scene where John Cusack kisses the girl in Lance's room close to the end of the film. See more »
The Christmas Song
(Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
Written by Mel Tormé (as Mel Torme) and Robert Wells
Used by permission of Edwin H. Morris & Co., A Division of MPL Communications, Inc. See more »
"Did you know that Nietzsche died of syphilis?"
Very funny and smart romantic comedy from Rob Reiner. It's a kind of mixture of the old-fashioned romantic comedies from the '30s & '40s and the newer sex comedies that were all the rage in the '80s. The script is excellent and there are some great performances. John Cusack is extremely likable and charming in this. Daphne Zuniga is pretty good, too. But it's Cusack who really carries the movie. There's also some nice supporting work from Anthony Edwards and Viveca Lindfors. Tim Robbins is fun in an early role. Nicollette Sheridan plays the "sure thing" of the title. She's required to do little more than look pretty, which she accomplishes with ease. The first half is better than the second but it's all good. The plot may sound like it's going to be a childish Porky's-type movie but it's nothing of the sort. Definitely worth your time.
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