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Some Kind of Wonderful (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer, John Ashton
  • Directors: Howard Deutch
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Michael Chinich, Ronald Colby
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Aug. 20 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JL1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,077 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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'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.
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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. The teenager that STILL wishes he could get the beautiful, popular girl. The teenager that so desparately wants acceptance. The teenager that cries out for justice against the Clinque Nation.
I disagree with viewers who say that Pretty in Pink should have had this ending. Pah! I say. Pretty in Pink was a different film and Ducky and Molly Ringwald had no freaking chemistry! She and Andrew McCarthy were to end up together. She had no hidden feelings for Ducky... Be serious.
Also, I take issue with the reviewer who states that Hughes was targeting a narcissistic market... White suburbia who wanted to see themselves star in a morality play. Hello, buddy. Welcome to reality... The majority of America's teenagers ARE white suburbia in a morality play. Hughes was RECOGNIZING a market.
At any rate, This movie... Some Kind of Wonderful was nicely done. Well played by its actors; nice storyline. Just a solid film.
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In many ways, "Some Kind of Wonderful" is yet another John Hughes re-tread of white teen angst in 1980s America. There's no doubt that Hughes was a marketing genius, in that he tapped into what his narcissistic market--white suburbia--wanted so hungrily to see, which was itself as the star of little morality plays with cool soundtracks and hipster clothes. Certainly, this movie provides all that. On the other hand, "Some Kind of Wonderful" manages to do what other lesser-known Hughes productions do not: create a story that is still universal and affecting, even after all these years. Much of the credit goes to the two leads, Eric Stolz and Mary Stuart Masterson, who each give understated and honest performances that are far more moving than their stereotypical characters generally deserve. More sincere than the manipulative "Pretty in Pink," more thoughtful than the mega-hit "The Breakfast Club," and more meaningful than the fluffy "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Some Kind of Wonderful" suffers mostly from bad timing--had it premiered a few years before Hughes had saturated the market with his cookie-cutter productions, it probably would have been a far bigger hit. As it stands, this story of a genuinely nice kid chasing the wrong girl--with the conflicted help of the right girl, who loves him--rises above the standard plasticky fare of the period; you're truly moved by the end of the movie, rooting for its leads to find the love they undoubtedly deserve. Even if it borrows from "Cyrano De Bergerac" and a host of other works--and pretends that minorities only exist as background extras in some other movie--"Some Kind of Wonderful" stands on its own, perhaps because director Howard Deutch adds just a tinge of sadness to so many scenes, even the comic ones. Here, young love is not about passing notes, holding hands, and making out; it's about actual human relationships, good and bad.
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