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Some Kind of Wonderful Details


In a gender-reversed version of his previous hit , John Hughes retreads all-too- familiar ground in Some Kind of Wonderful, the story of a sensitive, young would-be artist, Keith (Eric Stoltz), who vies for the affection of his high school's popularity queen, Amanda (Lea Thompson), seemingly out of some deep-rooted insecurity regarding his social ineptitude. He enlists the help of his butch best friend and fellow misfit, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson), unaware that she secretly pines for him. While she goads him to give up his pointless pursuit of Amanda, he encounters one other small obstacle -- Amanda's rich bully of a boyfriend, Hardy (Craig Sheffer), who threatens Keith with a face rearrangement. Undeterred, Keith decides he will, by any means necessary, escort his dream girl to the prom -- but not before he buys her expensive jewelry with the money from his college fund in order to impress her. (Hughes expects the audience to side with Keith when his father protests.) Some Kind of Wonderful is pure fantasy, but the plot is too tired and flawed for it to be completely satisfactory escapism. Still, the performances are all-around good and the ending is slightly more likeable than its predecessor's. Hughes decided to use the original ending, which had been dropped from the original after poor audience response at the advance screenings. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi

  • Release date:February 27, 1987


Eric Stoltz
as Keith Nelson
Mary Stuart Masterson
as Watts/"Drummer Girl"
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
as Cindy Nelson
Ike Eisenmann
as Party Guest
Ken Kimmins
as Detention Teacher
Paige Pollack
as Party Guest
Pamela Anderson
as Party Guest
Carmine Caridi
as Museum Guard
J. Patrick McNamara
as Fight Teacher
James Vallely
as Carparker
Vernon Scott
as Party Guest
Steve Alterman
as Party Guest
Lee Garlington
as Gym Instructor
James MacDonald
as Hardy's Friend
Chynna Phillips
as Mia
Patricia Gaul
as Mrs. Gale
Deborah Fallender
as Party Guest
Peter Elbing
as Maitre d'
Christine Spiotta
as Waitress
Barbara Iley
as Party Guest
Noelle Harling
as Party Guest
Cathy Cavadini
as Party Guest
Jonathan Schmock
as Carparker
Scott Coffey
as Ray


Howard Deutch
Ronald B. Colby
Michael Chinich
John Hughes
John Hughes
Jan Kiesser
John Musser
Composer (Music Score)
Scott Smith
Bud Smith
Gregory Pickrell
Production Designer
Gregory Pickrell
Art Director
Ronald B. Colby
Executive Producer
Michael Chinich
Executive Producer
Linda Spheeris
Set Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
David MacMillan
Sound/Sound Designer
Judith Weiner