Some Kind of Wonderful
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Some Kind of Wonderful
John Hughes wrote this distaff version of his own Pretty in Pink (also directed by Hughes's house director Howard Duetch). Eric Stoltz plays Keith Nelson, a working class high school student, who has a crush on the classy and unattainable Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson). Amanda is dating an insufferable preppy, Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer), who warns Keith, "I recommend you keep your eyes and your mind off my property." But Keith continues to long for Amanda, despite the warnings of his long-time best pal Drummer Girl (Mary Stuart Masterson). Drummer Girl is a tomboy in a leather… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Assembly-line feature from the John Hughes teen factory."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"The film creates a perfect embodiment of every adolescent's nightmare."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The cynical view of humanity demonstrated within makes it a fascinating outlier in the writer/producer's canon and the '80s teen film generally."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The best of all 80s teen movies."
‑ David Cornelius,
"If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Lighter and less filling than usual."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today."
‑ Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
"An amazingly mature young actress, Masterson skillfully brings subtlety, depth, and nuance to her character."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"All of these movies are good now."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A movie that could have been something wonderful, winds up only kind of."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"...another authentic look at teenaged life from Hughes."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Underscores how feelings of self-worth make all the difference in the lives of adolescents."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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