Director Howard Deutch and writer John Hughes follow up their "Pretty In Pink" success with another teen movie gem. "Some Kind Of Wonderful" takes the plot of "Pretty In Pink" and switches the sexes. Eric Stoltz replaces Molly Ringwald and Mary Stuart Masterson replaces Jon Cryer. This involving teen melodrama features excellent performances by the entire cast, with Mary Stuart Masterson being nothing short of exceptionally in her sensitive portrayal of the drum playing tomboy who is madly in love with her best friend. She all but steals the film. Unfortunately Stoltz pays little attention to Masterson, as he is infatuated with the most popular girl in school, played by "Back To The Future's" Lea Thompson (who won Best Actress at the "Young Artist Awards" for her portrayal). When Thompson has an argument with her rich hotshot boyfriend (Craig Sheffer from "Fire With Fire"), Stoltz manages to score a date with her on the rebound.
Some Kind Of Wonderful
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TITLE : Some Kind Of Wonderful
DIRECTOR : Howard Deutch

: Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer, John Ashton, Elias Koteas, Molly Hagan, Maddie Corman, Jane Elliot, Candace Cameron, Chynna Phillips, Scott Coffey, Carmine Caridi, Lee Garlington, Laura Leigh Hughes.

: Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone.

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The plot thickens as the emotions run hot, Masterson gets extremely jealous and bully Sheffer plans to get back at Stoltz by inviting him to his party with the intention of bashing him up. "Some Kind of Wonderful" has a fine supporting cast including, John Ashton of "Beverly Hills Cop" fame as Stoltz's demanding, yet understanding father, Elias Koteas is menacing as the tough but likeable school delinquent and look out for Candice Cameron (From TV's Full House) in a few comedic moments as Stoltz's little sister. It is interesting to note that Molly Ringwald was offered the Lea Thompson role but refused it and thus marked the end of her involvement with John Hughes movies. Also of interest is the film's concluding soundtrack which features an interesting gravel-voiced version of the famous Elvis Presley hit "Can't Help Falling In Love". This time round the song is performed by 80's band "Lick The Tins". The key ingredient to the film's success, apart from the winning performances, is that writer John Hughes has given all the characters depth. Teens can easily identify with the characters and all the emotions on show, love, hate, insecurity, rejection, peer pressure and self-discovery. "Some Kind of Wonderful" is easily one of the most outstanding teen films of the 1980's. It oozes charm, sensitivity and a special quality that leaves the audience and the characters understanding themselves a little better.  
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Engaging teen comedy/drama as only John Hughes can serve it up, concerning a love triangle between a sensitive young outsider (Eric Stoltz), the rich girl he's got a crush on (Lea Thompson), and the tomboy who's carrying a torch for him (Mary Stuart Masterson). 93 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Surround, French mono; Subtitles: English.

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