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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Its a movie I watched a million times when I was younger, had it on VHS and then well it wasn't watchable anymore. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Runners Eye
Good move. But nothing too exciting. BlackBerry what did you expect from an 80s movie. It arrived on time. And in good conditionPublished 11 months ago by Java Girl
One of the best teen movies of the era, with marvelous performances by Eric Stolz and Mary Stuart Masterson as good kids from the wrong side of town. Outstanding soundtrack. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stephanie Dragon
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 17 months ago by Ïrin McCaw