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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)



Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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In a gender-reversed version of his previous hit Pretty in Pink, John Hughes retreads all-too- familiar ground in Some Kind of Wonderful, the story of a sensitive, young would-be artist, Keith (Eric Stoltz), who vies for the affection of his high school's popularity queen, Amanda (Lea Thompson), seemingly out of some deep-rooted insecurity regarding his social ineptitude. He enlists the help of his butch best friend and fellow misfit, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson), unaware that she secretly


Drama, Romance, Comedy

John Hughes

Aug 20, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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Assembly-line feature from the John Hughes teen factory.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This time it ends with the underdogs together. Oddly enough, it's this conclusion that feels phony, seeing as Stoltz has spent the last 80 minutes arranging his dream date with Lea.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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The film creates a perfect embodiment of every adolescent's nightmare.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Lighter and less filling than usual.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Some Kind of Wonderful is yet another film in which Hughes and his team show a special ability to make an entertaining movie about teenagers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The cynical view of humanity demonstrated within makes it a fascinating outlier in the writer/producer's canon and the '80s teen film generally.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A movie that could have been something wonderful, winds up only kind of.

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

The best of all 80s teen movies.

July 30, 2008 Full Review Source:

An amazingly mature young actress, Masterson skillfully brings subtlety, depth, and nuance to her character.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...another authentic look at teenaged life from Hughes.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

All of these movies are good now.

October 20, 2004
New Times

Underscores how feelings of self-worth make all the difference in the lives of adolescents.

August 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Plays attractively like Intro to Anticapitalism 101.

May 21, 2004 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Classic '80s movie, the uncool kid triumphs.

July 25, 2003

Some Kind of Wonderful belongs to that early Hughes period before his depictions of the American teen experience became canned and cynical.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

So-so storyline, but Mary Stuart Masterson rocks!

February 7, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Better than average teen romantic comedy from the Hughes years.

November 25, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Often regarded as the forgotten stepchild of cult favorite Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful is notable in that it's an improvement over its inspiration in every conceivable capacity.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source:

I adore Some Kind of Wonderful.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
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Audience Reviews for Some Kind of Wonderful

With the help of a friend-zoned tomboy, a mechanic pursues his high school's troubled beauty queen.
By itself, this is an inoffensive John Hughes classic. Dealing with all of Hughes's normal themes of high school alienation and class differences, the film's optimistic and charming story work. However, it doesn't take a genius to see that Some Kind of Wonderful is a gender-reversed Pretty In Pink, and there we find some notable issues. Spoiler Alert: the protagonist ends up with his friend, not the slightly upper class object of his affections, but in Pretty in Pink the female protagonist finds love with the upper class prep boy. Why the difference? Could it be that the woman, unable to procure a stable living without the help of an economically viable husband, must choose a mate based on earning potential whereas the man is able to choose based on affection and loyalty, qualities that are far more likely to result in a viable relationship? It seems so, which bespeaks a sexism that I haven't seen in Hughes's other work.
Overall, I enjoyed the film until I thought about it.
September 7, 2013
Jim Hunter

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Some Kind of Wonderful is a terrific drama that boasts some wonderful performances and a good story. Although it is not a great film, it is still worth seeing. Overall this is a good film that is imperfect, but due to its cast and effective script by John Hughes. The drama elements work well and Hughes has crafted a well rounded film that has something for every viewer. Although not perfect, the film is very entertaining and like every other one of Hughes productions, it concerns teenage issues and it is a well rounded movie that offers much more than what you'd think. The film is directed by Howard Deutch, and even then he keeps all the signatures which makes for a worthwhile John Hughes storyline. Although the filmmakers recycle a few things from Pretty in Pink, the film still works well enough. Along with the drama, there are a few humorous bits here and there, and the result is a good film that is worth seeing if you Hughes's work. Luckily there are few flaws in this one, and the well written script overcomes the film's weaknesses sand makes for a really relatable film. Like with every other films that John Hughes has written or directed, this is a charming film that is worth seeing and is still relevant to new viewers and old viewers. The film is flawed, but is worth seeing. Even if it's nothing really new in terms of plot, Some Kind of Wonderful has heart and for that it is a well crafted movie that is engaging from start to finish. John Hughes was a great director and screenwriter and with this one, he is able turn recycled ideas that into something that is quite good due to his writing ability as an effective screenwriter.
April 12, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Cast: Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson, Mary Stuart Masterson, Craig Sheffer, John Ashton, Elias Koteas, Molly Hagan, Chynna Phillips, Maddie Corman, Candace Cameron Bure

Director: Howard Deutch

Summary: In this 1980s classic from writer-producer John Hughes, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) is a tomboy who has a crush on her best friend, Keith (Eric Stoltz). But her feelings go unrequited as Keith falls for the hopelessly feminine Amanda (Lea Thompson), a rich girl with snobby friends. Unfortunately for Keith, Amanda's ex-boyfriend wants her back and is willing to do anything to get her. But does that mean he and Watts are destined to be together?

My Thoughts: "I am a huge John Hughes fan and I love all his films. "Some Kind Of Wonderful", has been a favorite of mine since I was very young. I remember watching it with my older sister and all of her friends. The film has some really great and fun character's, like Duncan. I loved that character. The story is relatable and is full of teen angst. This film goes with the saying that girls and boys can't just be friends. The sound track is good as well. I own this movie and watch if often. Just one of those movies you watch that takes you back in time. Great story, character's, and acting. A must see John Hughes film."
February 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Hardy Jenns: She's gonna have to beg.
    2. Duncan: I don't think its gonna be necessary...
    – Submitted by A N (2 years ago)
    1. Watts/"Drummer Girl": You break his heart, I break your face.
    – Submitted by Danielle U (2 years ago)
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