Mary Stuart Masterson
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Despite itís problems and the outdated clothes and hair, I still enjoyed this after a 15 year hiatus.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.
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.