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Some Kind of Wonderful Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Julie Salamon

    It's just that the picture doesn't have a strong idea behind it, just a fog of many half-expressed ideas. [26 Feb 1987, p.20(E)]

  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    It's Mary Stuart Masterson, bringing a depth and tenacity to her role that nowhere appears in the screenplay, who leaves the lasting impression. She escapes the airiness of Hughes's vision to establish something like a human being. [22 Feb 1987]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is not about whether the hero will get the girl. It is about whether the hero should get the girl, and when was the last time you saw a movie that even knew that could be the question?

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  • 80

    out of 100


    A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    It has a light touch, a disarming cast, a well-developed sense of humor and a lot of charm. [27 Feb 1987, p.C17]

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Iffy for 13+

Typical '80s teen movie is still relevant today.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a fair amount of objectionable language that the characters use in dramatic moments, not casually. A tomboy character gets referred to as a lesbian in a pejorative manner. There is some mild locker room semi-nudity (girls in camisoles and underwear) that is more wistful than sexual, as a tomboy character watches her pretty, feminine rival get dressed. There are some teenagers that smoke, with consequences, and some references to drinking, although no characters become intoxicated. Part of the plot is the threat of one character planning to beat up another, but he is thwarted and no violence occurs. Parents should also be aware that there are some "types" in the movie (like "punk," "rich girl," and "tomboy"), but that the movie goes past clichés to treat them as people. There is very little diversity in the cast -- the only black characters are members of the permanent detention-room crowd.

  • Families can talk about what divides people in society, such as money, behavior, or education, and how people work to get past those divisions. Other issues might include how the protagonists develop as people. Who is brave in this film? What kinds of courage are there?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Poor kids are continually put down by rich kids, a girl loses her friends for dating an unpopular boy.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Although there is almost no on-screen violence, the threat of a beating hovers over much of the movie.

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    Sex: Intense kissing, references to a girl's virginity.

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    Language: Some strong language.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One or two cigarettes, an empty bottle of liquor.