Friday, May 21, 2010

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

John Hughes wrote this and Pretty and Pink. I will present Some Kind of Wonderful in relation to the earlier, superior Pretty and Pink.

Molly Wringwald + Sex Change = Eric Stoltz
Duckie - humor + androgynous angst = Mary Stuart Masterson
Andrew McCarthy - money = Lea Thompson
James Spader - talent = Craig Sheffer
Annie Potts - quirky charm = John Ashton

The main deviation in plot is that the pining loser actually asks out the dream girl, and she leads him along with everyone, save for him, knowing that she's being totally insincere. Other than that, it is basically the same movie, with the class struggles between the rich and poor cliques taking center stage and the young teens struggling for identity amidst adolescent development blah blah blah. It's not all that bad, and Thompson, easily the best thing in the film, has a subplot involving her richer, domineering friends that is actually quite heartbreaking and genuine. But it's too derivative to be worth recommending for anything except the strong direction, dependable acting, and killer soundtrack.

Slightly Recommended for fans of John Hughes and corny '80s teen movies.

No comments:

Post a Comment