Some Kind of Wonderful (film)
|Some Kind of Wonderful|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Howard Deutch|
|Produced by||John Hughes|
|Written by||John Hughes|
Mary Stuart Masterson
|Music by||Stephen Hague
|Edited by||Bud S. Smith
M. Scott Smith
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||95 minutes|
Some Kind of Wonderful is a 1987 American romance film starring Eric Stoltz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. It is one of the several successful teen dramas written by John Hughes in the 1980s, although this one was directed by Howard Deutch.
The film is set against the strict social hierarchy of an American public high school. The tomboyish Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) has always considered working class misfit Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz) her best friend. But when Keith asks out the most popular girl in school, Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson), Watts realizes she feels something much deeper for him. Meanwhile, Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer), Amanda's Corvette-driving spoiled ex-boyfriend from the rich section of town, plans to cause trouble for Keith; although he has no real feelings for Amanda, he feels humiliated at losing her to a social inferior. However, Keith cunningly manages things to his own and Amanda's advantage and gives Hardy his well-deserved comeuppance by simply telling him that by using his money to treat people like possessions and toys he will never know true happiness or have anyone in his life that will appreciate him for more than just his money and good looks. In the end, Amanda realizes that she needs time alone and Keith clues into Watts's feelings for him.
- Eric Stoltz as Keith Nelson
- Mary Stuart Masterson as Watts
- Lea Thompson as Amanda Jones
- Craig Sheffer as Hardy Jenns
- John Ashton as Cliff Nelson
- Elias Koteas as Duncan
- Molly Hagan as Shayne
- Maddie Corman as Laura Nelson
- Jane Elliot as Carol Nelson
- Candace Cameron Bure as Cindy Nelson
- Chynna Phillips as Mia
- Scott Coffey as Ray
- Carmine Caridi as Museum Guard
- Lee Garlington as Gym Instructor
- Pamela Anderson as Party Guest
The production was filmed almost entirely on location in San Pedro, California. The high school scenes are from San Pedro Senior High School (S. Leland St. between 14th St. and 17th St.). Keith Nelson's house outside scenes was filmed at 1441 W I St, Wilmington, CA 90744. Amanda Jones' house was actually located in Wilmington (corner of West E. ST & Frigate Ave.); it's still white with green trim to this very day.
Outside shots of Watt's house were filmed at 1443 Emden Street, Wilmington, Los Angeles, CA 90744. Mall scenes were shot at 717 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Hardy Jenns' house is located at 516 South Hudson Avenue, Hancock Park, CA 90020. Gas Station where Keith worked (no longer exists), was located at 8927 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035. The last scene in the movie where Keith and Watts are walking away was shot on S. Hudson Avenue, heading South, starting about 50 feet from the corner of W 6th Street and S. Hudson Avenue.
Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson almost worked together in the hit 1985 film Back to the Future. Stoltz was dropped from the film in favor of original choice Michael J. Fox. The two worked together in the 1984 teen comedy The Wild Life.
Thompson met her future husband, Deutch, while filming this picture. They married in 1989.
The film was generally well received by critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported that 80% of critics gave it a positive rating, based on 35 reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised the film, calling it worthwhile and entertaining. Janet Maslin of The New York Times stated that Some Kind of Wonderful is the "much-improved, recycled version of the Pretty in Pink story". Richard Schickel of Time, however, criticized the film for being unrealistic. Masterson's performance was singled out for praise by several critics.
|Some Kind of Wonderful|
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||February 27, 1987|
|Genre||Rock, new wave|
- "Do Anything" – Pete Shelley
- "Brilliant Mind" – Furniture
- "Cry Like This" – Blue Room
- "I Go Crazy" – Flesh for Lulu
- "She Loves Me" – Stephen Duffy
- "The Hardest Walk" – The Jesus and Mary Chain
- "The Shyest Time" – The Apartments
- "Miss Amanda Jones" – The March Violets
- "Can't Help Falling in Love" – Lick the Tins
- "Turn to the Sky" – The March Violets
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