Some Kind of Wonderful

Some Kind of Wonderful

Synopsis of Movie

"Well, I like art, I work in a gas station, my best friend is a tomboy. These things don't fly too well in the American high school."

Ah, but a good old-fashioned love triangle, served John Hughes style...that flew just fine in an American high school. This 1987 romantic comedy wound down Hughes’ 80’s teen movie cycle, and he forewent some of his frequent actor favorites (Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall) to cast Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson and Lea Thompson. And what did master chef Hughes have on the menu for us this time? The specials were as follows: rich vs. poor; popular vs. not so popular; what a teen wants vs. what his parents want; school bullies; annoying siblings; whether or not it’s appropriate to practice make-out methodology on your best friend. Ready to order?

Keith is arty and sensitive, but he works at an oily auto shop and he’s about to make his college-obsessed dad blow a gasket with his big plans to not continue his education. Watts is tough and foul-mouthed and rarely seen without her beloved drumsticks, but she loves Keith with all hear tomboy heart. Leggy Amanda is popular and beautiful, but she’s getting tired of being treated like the rich kids’ property. Even Duncan, the resident school tough guy, has a soft side – he’ll do anything to help his detention pal Keith out, be it by beating up bad guy Hardy (chronically pastel-blazered Craig Sheffer), or by getting his dad to open up the Hollywood Bowl for Keith and Amanda’s first date! Character dichotomy, thy name is Some Kind of Wonderful.

Everyone knows that the only thing more painful than unrequited love is being a good sport while you're enduring unrequited love, and that’s exactly what Watts does. Because she wants whatever Keith wants, she agrees to let him practice delivering a knockout kiss on her and to chauffeur him around on his big date. Except for that stunt when she tries to foul up Amanda’s lipstick application process with a firm foot on the brakes, we should all be so gracious.

Without giving away who’s matched up with who in the end, suffice to say that one of our lucky girl contestants gets both a pair of diamond stud earrings and the chance to stroll off into the moonlight with Keith, while a catchy, whistling Irish version of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” cues up.

Accessories and love…it was all an 80’s girl needed.

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1987 - Some Kind of Wonderful

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Keith Nelson Eric Stoltz Watts Mary Stuart Masterson
Amanda Jones Lea Thompson Hardy Jenns Craig Sheffer
Cliff Nelson John Ashton Duncan Elias Koteas
Shayne Molly Hagan Laura Nelson Maddie Corman
Carol Nelson Jane Elliot Cindy Nelson Candace Cameron Bure
Mia Chynna Phillips Ray Scott Coffey
Museum Guard Carmine Caridi Gym Instructor Lee Garlington
Holly Laura Leigh Hughes Laura's Friend Laura Tubelle
Laura's Friend Amy Lynne Skinhead's Friend Michael Bergman
Skinhead's Friend Megan Daniels Skinhead's Friend Dale J. Evans
Maitre d' Peter Elbling Mrs. Gale Patricia Gaul
Detention Teacher Kenneth Kimmins Hardy's Friend James G. Macdonald
Carparker Jonathan Schmock Fight Teacher J. Patrick McNamara
Amanda's Friend Lita Stevens Waitress Christine Spiotta
The March Violets Tom Ashton The March Violets Laurence Elliott
The March Violets Cleo Murray The March Violets Andy Tolson
Party Guest Steve Alterman Party Guest Pamela Anderson
Party Guest Cathy Cavadini Party Guest Ike Eisenmann
Party Guest Deborah Fallender Party Guest Noelle Harling
Party Guest Barbara Iley Party Guest David McChapen
Party Guest Paige Pollack Party Guest Bryan Scott
Party Guest Vernon Scott

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