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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Director:
Howard Deutch

COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Det beste valget

RUNNING TIME
96 minutes

Producer:
John Hughes
Screenwriter:
John Hughes


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
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 -

 

Review

The last of John Hughes' teen-films sees him reuniting with director Howard Deutch for a rehashed/refined version of their highly successful collaboration Pretty in Pink, only this time with the genders reversed. The setup is based around your familiar American high-school mechanisms and conflicts, complete with Hughes' soon-to-be cliched antagonists. But the main characters are real people and the dialogue between them is brilliant, arguably the best the late filmmaker ever wrote aside from The Breakfast Club. Parts of Some King of Wonderful is Hughes at his very best as a screenwriter, showcasing his unique knack for letting youngsters come out of their shells and break free from their shackles by expressing their feelings and venting their frustrations intelligently and truthfully. Which is why it's a little bit disappointing when that somewhat contrived ending is thrust upon us instead of being given time to play out naturally. Mary Stuart Masterson is a real scene-stealer as the tomboy Watts. And Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson also give sensitive performances.

Copyright 24.10.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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