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Some Kind of Wonderful (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

Eric Stoltz , Mary Stuart Masterson , Howard Deutch    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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After dominating the teen-movie genre for the bulk of the 1980s, writer-producer (and sometimes director) John Hughes proved that he had at least one good movie left in him before squandering his talent on lame comedies throughout the 1990s. Like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful treated its teenaged characters like real people with real feelings, hopes, fears, and desire. Mary Stuart Masterson gives a great performance as a tomboy drummer named Watts who's secretly in love with her best friend, Keith (Eric Stoltz), an aspiring artist who is oblivious to her affection because he's got a crush on Amanda (Lea Thompson), the popular high school beauty. Watts will even go so far as to chauffeur a date for Keith and Amanda, if only to prove--after a lot of patient, emotional anguish--that she's better for Keith than Amanda could ever be. The movie's drama comes from Keith's gradual realization that there's more to love than surface attraction, and Hughes gets extra mileage out of the romantic confusion by allowing Thompson's character to be more than a shallow campus cutie. All three of the leads are good fits in their roles, and this was one of the few teen films of the '80s to add genuine depth to its mainstream appeal. It's one of the few John Hughes movies to stand the test of time. --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 80's Film July 9 2004
1987's Some Kind Of Wonderful is a gender-revised version of 1986's Pretty In Pink. Eric Stoltz takes the place of Molly Ringwald and Lea Thompson & Mary Stuart Masterson do the same for Andrew McCarthy & Jon Cryer. Mr. Stoltz plays Keith a loner, artistic type who works at a garage and whose best friend is a tom girl, drummer Watts played by Ms. Masterson. Keith pines after Amanda Jones (Ms. Thompson), one of the most popular girls in school. Amanda dates the spoiled rich boy Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer) and after they fight, Keith swoops in and asks Amanda for a date, to which she agrees. Keith finds out that the whole date is just a setup to get him to Jenns' house so he can beat him up, he still continues with the date. He sets an elaborate evening, dinner at a fancy restaurant, art museum after hours and a set of diamond earrings. It turns out that Amanda isn't some spoiled rich girl, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who sold herself out for popularity. All the while, Watts is secretly in love with Keith and in the end after a showdown at Jenns' house where he is exposed as a chicken and fraud, Keith realizes his true feelings for Watts and they kiss. The movie is filled with nice performances by the three leads, but it is the supporting players that give the best performances. John Ashton is perfectly gruff and pushing as Keith's dad, Maddie Corman is the classic, annoying younger sister, but Elias Koteas steals the show as Duncan, the school thug who befriends Keith. Mr. Koteas throws out some classic lines. This was the last film John Hughes would write or director in the classic 80's teen angst vein. The soundtrack to the film is excellent, featuring no name bands like Flesh For Lulu, The Licking Tins and Furniture and it captures the essence of the films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
What is it that makes the 80's so special? It is almost like these beautiful years are the ultimate result of youth fighting through a rapidly changing world where things speed up, and where fighting for independance, emotions and love has become an art. Nothing captures this art better than movies. And there are few who can do this as great as John Hughes.
Yes, ofcourse the 80's are my youthful years and everyone romances his youth, but I am certain that the 60's, 70's were great years, and the 80's is the sum of all that.
Some kind of wonderful takes you right into the 80's rollercoaster with the cool drum scene opening of Mary Steward Masterson , the typical interactions between the teenagers and the punk and wave influences apparent in the clothing. Also the social groups becom clear. The punk-wave guy, the pretty popular girl, the alternative girl, the average normal neighbour boy (Stolz), the spoiled popular macho bratt, etc.
This combination was even enlarged in the best 80's picture ever, the breakfast club. It beautifully captures the different social groups on a highschool.
Some kind of wonderful, makes you happy, gives you that warm, first love feeling in which you would wrap yourself in as in a warm blanket. Just like the breakfast club, secret admirer, pretty in pink or st. Elmo's fire....it's makes you feel young....like the teenager you are of the 80's
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feb. 11 2004
'Some Kind Of Wonderful' is one of those films that stays with you for life. Ever sine I can remember this film has always been a favourite of mine and my sister. This has always been our film that we've treasured all our lives and can continually watch it. All the actors are fantastic, especially the main four-Eric Stoltz,Lea Thompson, Mary Stuart Masterson and Craig Sheffer.I LOVE this film.
by justine ryan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty In Pink with a sex change... Jan. 15 2004
Very cute movie by eighties teen film master, John Hughes, has a young Eric Stoltz as the poor kid trying to land a date with Lea Thompson, playing the rich girl, even though Mary Stuart Masterson, Stoltz's tomboy best friend, is really in love with him. I really liked this one, I can't imagine why it's the only one of Hughe's teen flicks that never got alot of attention considering it's up there with Ferris Bueller and Sweet Sixteen. Perhaps cinema audiences were getting tired of the formula at the time but in retrospect it's a sweet, funny little drama with the goofy late-Eighties settings and costumes we all know and love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE ROCKS!!! FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!! Aug. 24 2002
This movie is the best! This is my favorite movie of all time!!!!
I have watched this movie so many times I have it memorized (sad but true) However, I never get tired of it no matter how many times I watch it! WATZ played by Marie Stuart Masterson is what makes this movie! This is the perfect 80's love triangle movie even better than The Breakfast Club which is another great movie! IF YOU HAVEN'T seen this movie you are missing out!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest '80s movie ever!! Aug. 20 2002
This is one of the best movies of all time and by far the best movie of the '80s. We all went to high school with these people, we all loved or hated them depending on where we stood. It's like going back again without the bad hair cuts and tacky clothes.
This is a great little movie about falling in love. And I must add that "the kiss" in this movie is perfection. Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson made you feel it... all the way to your toes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Janice Offer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to see it still holds up
I saw this film when I was around the age of the stars. Good to see it still holds up. A great teen movie!
Published 4 months ago by Irin McCaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love it the movie is amazing I recommend everyone should watch it thank you everyone at amazon I'll be coming back for more movies
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Fattore
4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S THE F****** MONEY KEITH?!!
This is movie is very hilarious because my favourite part when John Ashton talks to Keith where is the money because he spent it on Jewelry and Diamonds.
Published 19 months ago by MLP Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav.'s when I was a teen.
I related to Watts character as a tomboy, but wasn't heart sick over anyone. At the time, I had the guy I wanted. My first love. Will always have a fondness for him forever! Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2010 by Cheryl Davenport
3.0 out of 5 stars Some kind of predictable
The saving grace to SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL are the performances by the three lead actors: Eric Stolz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson, especially Masterson. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
4.0 out of 5 stars FEEL GOOD MOVIE
OMG! this movie was filmed at my high school! Its so trippy. San Pedro High. Its a nice good movie. A girls night movie
Published on Feb. 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's Movie
I absolutely love this movie! It's a classic 80's film...with humor, romance, and a couple of twists... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by J. Bane
3.0 out of 5 stars Some kind of wonderful, indeed
John Hughes is the master. There is no equal. He is truly in touch with the teenager inside, and let's face it, folks... that teenager still exists within us all. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Alicia Walker
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