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Some Kind of Wonderful (SE)
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Sep 7, 2006 By: Sturdy
Some Kind of Wonderful (SE) order
Director:
Howard Deutch

Actors:
Eric Stoltz
Mary Stuart Masterson
Lea Thompson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The class recluse falls for Ms. Popular and when he finally gets the courage to ask her out, she says yes. Now that he has the date, he must deal with her rich ex-boyfriend and the jealousy of his current best friend.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I love almost all of the John Hughes 80s teenage angst ridden films. Theyre not exactly true to life, but theyre fun to watch. Also, if you havent been to high school, then they give you hope that happiness can be found there. The secret of course, is that happiness is not found in high school and the geeky guy never gets the popular girl. That doesnt come until college.

SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL is about as typical as you can get, but I like it anyway. Maybe its because I watched it as a kid, but I just enjoy watching it. All of the stars involved give great performances and they make it easy for you to suspend your reality and accept that theyre in high school and theyre in the social standings that theyre in.

The reality of course, is that this is not a great movie. Its been done before and much better. It dates itself like a calendar and even lacks the good soundtrack that Hughes films are known for. Its highly predicable, complete with the over bearing father and annoying little sister. The dialogue is decent, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. Were asked to believe that Eric Stoltz is a loser, but at every turn, the camera is trying to make him out to be a heart-throb. And is it just me, or is Lea Thompson prettier now than she was as a teenager?

Despite its problems and the outdated clothes and hair, I still enjoyed this after a 15 year hiatus. Its sweet, and the characters are all likeable and easy to relate to. John Hughes has a way with getting into the psyche of the 80s teenager and this movie is just one of many examples. Overall, if you liked this in the 80s, youll probably like it now.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson: I think these two forgot all about this film and probably havent seen it since they made it. They have nothing to talk about and there are a lot of long pauses in here that make this hard to get through. Its a shame that the rest of the cast didnt come back for the commentary because that wouldve been fun.

Making of Some Kind of Wonderful (7:44): Way too many movie clips, but we do get to see the actors now. This explains why Eric Stoltz didnt do the commentary. Apparently he didnt get along with Howard Deutch. Personally, I wouldve rather listened to Eric, but thats just me.

Meet the Cast (13:24): I had no idea Deutch and Thompson were married. Its kind of a Where are they now featurette with comparisons of the actors and actresses. Its a good time for fans of the movie.

The Music (5:07): In typical Hughes fashion, he had the music picked out before he wrote the script. Most of the characters have specific music associated with them. Its a nice, short featurette.

There are also some Previews and a Photo Gallery.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Its cheesy, dated and unbelievable. But if you were alive (and remember it) during the 80s, then chances are good youre a fan. SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL might not have been the most famous of the Hughes movies, but its a good trip down memory lane a definite recommend for anyone that remembers it. Everyone else should stay away.
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