Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

A rare cinematic moment—A hero who chooses his best friend over his dream girl out of desire and not consolation.

Regan Humphrey

Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz), a reserved high school outcast, becomes infatuated with Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson). Though Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson), his tomboy best friend, tries to talk him out of pursuing Amanda, Keith does anyway and in the process incurs the wrath of Amanda’s popular on-again-off-again creep boyfriend (Craig Sheffer).


Soundtrack: 100%
Story: 100%
Writing: 95%
Diversity: 10%
Daring: 100%
Racism: PRESENT — 10%
Gender Bias: PRESENT — 50%
Homophobia: PRESENT — 20%

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the best and most underrated film in the John Hughes cannon, brings us a hard look at adolescent hypocrisy and connection, set to a singular soundtrack that showcases many iconic flavors of 80s rock n’ roll.

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