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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Review of Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) by Mike

Title: Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Original UK Release Date: Unknown

Original US Release Date: 27th February 1987

UK Rating: 12

US Rating: PG-13

Director: Howard Deutch

Genre: Drama

Plot: Taking a chance, Keith (Eric Stoltz) asks out the most popular girl in school, to get back at her now ex-boyfriend she accepts. As he plans the perfect date, her ex plans his revenge.

Mike's Review

            This is a film written by the late John Hughes. He has always had a talent for writing realistic and engaging characters as shown in many of his other films including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Home Alone, & Uncle Buck. All great films and with this one he pulls it off again.

            The story follows Keith (Eric Stoltz) as he tries to discover his place in the world dealing with his overbearing father who is desperate for him to go to college. Keith is infatuated by popular girl Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson) and he invites her on a date, she accepts and Keith along with help from his best friend, a tomboy called Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson), plan the most amazing date.

            The cast including Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, Lea Thompson, Craig Sheffer, John Ashton & Elias Koteas is great and all bring something great to each character. The story is basic but it draws you in and doesn’t let go. The scenes are beautifully shot and the soundtrack brings the film come to life.

            This is a really fun film with some great twists and fun characters. The standout character is the skinhead Duncan played by Elias Koteas who steals every scene he is in.

            John Hughes has created another under rated masterpiece. It is not as well known as Ferris Bueller's Day Off & Home Alone, but due to the more serious tone of the film, this is better.

            This is a great film, perfectly made and flawless. It’s one I can watch time and time again.

10 out of 10

Additional Information

Stand out performance: Elias Koteas as Duncan


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