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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 Hughesí 80ís teenage angst ridden films. Theyíre not exactly true to life, but theyíre fun to watch. Also, if you havenít 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 doesnít come until college.

SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL is about as typical as you can get, but I like it anyway. Maybe itís 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 theyíre in high school and theyíre in the social standings that theyíre in.

The reality of course, is that this is not a great movie. Itís been done before and much better. It dates itself like a calendar and even lacks the good soundtrack that Hughesí films are known for. Itís 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. Weíre 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Despite itís problems and the outdated clothes and hair, I still enjoyed this after a 15 year hiatus. Itís sweet, and the characters are all likeable and easy to relate to. John Hughes has a way with getting into the psyche of the 80ís teenager and this movie is just one of many examples. Overall, if you liked this in the 80ís, youíll probably like it now.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson: I think these two forgot all about this film and probably havenít 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. Itís a shame that the rest of the cast didnít come back for the commentary because that wouldíve 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 didnít do the commentary. Apparently he didnít get along with Howard Deutch. Personally, I wouldíve rather listened to Eric, but thatís just me.

Meet the Cast (13:24): I had no idea Deutch and Thompson were married. Itís kind of a ďWhere are they nowĒ featurette with comparisons of the actors and actresses. Itís 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. Itís a nice, short featurette.

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