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Some Kind of Wonderful is another John Hughes creation. It came out in 1987. In terms of plot, it is not that different from "Pretty In Pink", except for the ending. It is another teen flick from the '80s that deals with hard-core issues that face teenagers, such as romantic love, being in the 'in' group, being right vs. being popular and being cool vs. being yourself.
The plot is basically that Keith (Eric Stoltz) has a crush on pretty and popular Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson), yet his best friend, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) has a crush on him and Amanda is going out with Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer) who is rich, arrogant and a bully. Keith goes to extraordinary lengths to try to get Amanda to even notice him, such as deliberately getting into detention, to be with her, only she talks her way out of detention, but he makes some new friends, most notably Duncan (Elias Koteas), an extremely tough street kid.
This movie did not star any of John Hughes' regulars. Instead, it featured a new crop of actors. The main actors, Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson, did not appear in any of Hughes' other films. My favorite character was Duncan (Elias Koteas), who played the hood. He was so bad he was good and he played the role of the hoodlum with style and flash, to the point where you enjoy watching him be bad. As the movie progresses, it's clear that Duncan, despite his tough-guy persona, is really a good guy and a loyal friend. This is particularly true at the end of the movie when Hardy Jenns, sets up Stoltz at a party and then Duncan and his gang of hoodlums show up at the party in the nick of time. It all ends happily.
'Some Kind of Wonderful' is something of an also-ran. It's plot is very similar to 'Pretty In Pink' and it came about only because 'Pretty In Pink' didn't have the kind of ending John Hughes wanted. The acting is pretty good overall, but nothing spectacular, with the exception of Elias Koteas playing the hoodlum.
The best part of the movie was Duncan and the scenes that he played, particularly when he and his guys take over Hardy Jenns' party.
This DVD of Some Kind of Wonderful is a must-buy for anyone who likes the movie because it includes commentaries about the making of the movie, behind-the-scenes stuff and interviews with the actors themselves.
An absolute must-see for all hopeless romantics! In true 80's love story style, this is a great movie with a bit of a corney side! Mary Stuart-Masterson plays Watts, a rockin tomboy that only likes school to hang with her best friend, never studies, and carries her drumsticks everywhere. Eric Stoltz plays Keith, a high school misfit who doesn't fit in anywhere except with his best friend Watts and falls for the school princess, Amanda Jones (played by Lea Tompson). After finally getting to land a date with Miss Jones, Keith wonders if the advice of his friend Watts is right...it's a joke and he needs to forget about it. Instead he takes out his life savings and spends it on the most extravagant evening any of them will ever have...though his new-found wealth can't help him stop the beating that's supposed to come to him from Amanda's ex-boyfriend Hardy.
As I said, it's a bit of a corney love story, but I'm totally into those! I love 80's movies and how they make things so story-book, and this movie definitely falls into theme. You'll love the ending, as well as the corney comedy and love theme in here. One of my all time favs!
If you like the John Hughes genre, and I grew up with it, then this is one you MUST have in your collection.
I'm a sucker for the "just friends" who wind up together, likely because I fell in love with my best friend and am living happily ever after with him myself.
Mary Stuart Masterson is adorable and Leah Thompson is perfect as the uppity, yet relatable snooty character. Eric Stoltz, of MASK fame, does a fine job being clueless about what's right in front of his face.
Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, 16 Candles, all great movies - Some Kind of Wonderful - even better. :)
A lot of people say that it's Pretty in Pink, and it is, but only in reverse. This time - poor boy Keith falls for popular girl Amanda, while his tomboy-ish best friend Watts pines for him in the background. It's sort of like John Hughes' answer to the die-hard Pretty in Pink fans who wanted Andie to end up with Duckie instead (which was the original ending for Pretty in Pink, but they had to change it due to poor audience testing). Though, it isn't Andie and Duckie, Keith and Watts ending up together, finds hope for all those people, who at one point in time fell in love with their own best friends.
The casting was perfect, and as always, John Hughes provided the film with original and memorable characters which, makes it an all different movie from Pretty in Pink. Of all the characters, whom I especially liked, was the drum playing, tough girl Watts - who, despite her tough appearance, has a soft spot for her best buddy Keith, who's oblivious of her feelings for him. Who couldn't forget the scene where she meets Keith at a bar, waiting for Amanda? She obviously spills out her feelings where she delivers her ever famous line, to the still clueless Keith - "The only things I care about in this goddamn life, are me, and my drums, and you".
A must see for the avid 80s movies fans, as well as those hopeless romantics hung up on their unrequited love.
Not just another "coming of age" movie, this one actually has a plot. Superb acting talents of Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson (who really steals the film). Keith (Eric) and Watts (Mary) have been friends forever. However, girls mature before boys, and Watts realizes that after all the years of friendship with Keith, she loves him. But, being slow and not quite "getting it" like boys usually do, Keith thinks he's in love with Amanda Jones (Thompson). Fantastic movie worth watching AND having in your collection.