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  • Summary: Think everyone over 17 has forgotten what it's like to be 16? John Hughes hasn't. Now Hughes delivers another funny, savvy, crowd-pleasing look at adolescence in this story about high school misfit Keith (Stoltz), who falls so head-over-heels for the senior class siren Amanda JonesThink everyone over 17 has forgotten what it's like to be 16? John Hughes hasn't. Now Hughes delivers another funny, savvy, crowd-pleasing look at adolescence in this story about high school misfit Keith (Stoltz), who falls so head-over-heels for the senior class siren Amanda Jones (Thompson) that he's blind to the charms of his beautiful and devoted best pal Watts (Masterson). (Paramount) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    A simple, lovely and thoughtful teenage story that occasionally shines due to fine characterizations and lucid dialog.
  2. 75
    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?
  3. 75
    A hand-me-down cast? Far from it. Masterson and Stoltz possess talent and charm to spare... Wonderful aspires to be little more than the hot-and- happening teen flick of the moment. At that it succeeds.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    Hughes is just treading lukewarm water. Stotz is the blandest of his teen heroes yet. [16 Mar 1987]
  5. 50
    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]
  6. Did you miss "Pretty in Pink," with the glowing Molly Ringwald? No problem. Some Kind of Wonderful, which has the same director -- Howard Deutch -- also has the same story... The real complaint, however, is that Hughes has absolutely nothing new to report -- no fresh perspectives, no gratefully received maturity, nothing added or depleted. [27 Feb 1987]
  7. John Hughes pours his usual slickness and sentimentality all over everything. [27 Feb 1987]

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  1. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    Love it. Another classic Hughes movie. I have the biggest '80's Boys Crush' on Lea Thompson. The acting is good, the dialogue's witty, thisLove it. Another classic Hughes movie. I have the biggest '80's Boys Crush' on Lea Thompson. The acting is good, the dialogue's witty, this movie is just sweet in every way, even though the final decision seems a little sudden Collapse

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