Some Kind Of Wonderful

1987, Movie, PG-13, 93 mins


This virtual remake of the teenage angst epic PRETTY IN PINK overcomes its lack of originality via an interesting gender change and superior performances. Quiet, shy, and an aspiring artist from the wrong side of the tracks, Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz) is in love from afar with Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson), a beautiful girl who is part of the preppy crowd at school. What Keith fails to realize, however, is that his best friend since childhood, tomboy drummer Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson), has blossomed into a winsome young woman herself and has a desperate crush on him. While SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL deserves some healthy contempt for its cribbed screenplay, the superb performances simply overpower the usual mannerisms of producer-writer John Hughes. Stoltz turns in a restrained, realistic performance, and Thompson is quite good in what could easily have become a thankless role. But far and away, this is Masterson's film. An amazingly mature young actress, Masterson skillfully brings subtlety, depth, and nuance to her character. leave a comment

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