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Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 27 February 1987 (USA)
When Keith goes out with Amanda, the girl of his dreams, Amanda's ex-boyfriend plans to get back at Keith. Meanwhile, Keith's best friend, tomboy Watts, realizes she has feelings for Keith.

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A young tomboy, Watts, finds her feelings for her best friend, Keith, run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school. Unfortunately, the girl's old boyfriend, who is from the rich section of town, is unable to let go of her, and plans to get back at Keith. Written by Kevin <Kibble@vm.temple.edu>

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Before they could stand together, they had to stand alone.

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Drama | Romance

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27 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Some Kinda Wonderful  »

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$3,486,701 (USA) (1 March 1987)

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$18,553,948 (USA)
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Lea Thompson originally turned down the lead when she was approached by Howard Deutch. She then accepted the role after Howard the Duck (1986) flopped, and Howard Deutch again asked her to play the role of Amanda Jones. See more »

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When Keith and Amanda leave Hardy's house at the end, Keith unfastens the top button of his shirt and he untucks it from his trousers. As he walks down the drive, and runs after Watts his shirt is tucked in again. See more »

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Amanda Jones:
  • You think I used you?

Keith:
  • Didn't you?

Amanda Jones:
  • I don't know... in a way.

Keith:
  • In a way? Amanda, there's only one you use someone - you either do or you don't!

Amanda Jones:
  • And you didn't use me? God, you hypocrite! What's hanging in that museum, huh? My soul? No, it's my face. You're using me to pay back every guy with more money and more power than you. Paint it in any colour you want. It's still you using me.

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I Go Crazy
Written by James Mitchell, Kevin Mills, Nick Marsh & Rocco Barker
Performed by Flesh for Lulu
Produced by Stephen Hague
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records
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Excellent teen love story
18 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's refreshing to have a movie about teens in love that doesn't rely upon sex to gain the viewer's interest. I love this movie, have probably seen it a a few dozen times, especially in the original, unedited version (that wasn't shortened to fit into a two-hour TV time-slot). It's a classic story, but told from a timeless perspective---the movie first ran in 1987, yet there's extremely little in it that would make it seem "dated."

Mary Stuart Masterson is, as always, superb in her performance. While this is one of her early films, it shows her enormous ability and potential. She plays a playful, feisty, street-smart character that also has a sensitive, shy, and deeply loving side. Mary Stuart's kissing scene is one of the most wonderfully romantic and intense kissing scenes on film that I've seen, yet it has an innocent quality that makes it all the more special.

Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson give excellent performances as well, with good acting and both are able to highlight dialogue with subtle nuances. However, I feel that Mary Stuart's character is the most interesting and emotionally sensitive, enough that she'll bring tears to your eyes. This is an excellent film. It came out at a time when there were a lot of teen movies (Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, etc.), but this is a story that never grows old and is a pleasure to watch again.


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