When people talk about the teen movies of John Hughes (as producer, writer, and/or director), they usually talk about Sixteen Candles and/or The Breakfast Club and/or Pretty in Pink and/or Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Shockingly absent in conversations about his oeuvre is 1987's Some Kind of Wonderful—I'm not sure that it can really be considered "unsung," but it definitely is in comparison to those other films.
Sure, it's got all your typical teen flick cliches and it treads much of the same ground as Hughes's more lauded movies, but Some Kind of Wonderful (produced and written by Hughes and directed by Howard Deutsch) affected me more deeply than any of his other work. Could it be the nerdy charm and simple dreams of Eric Stoltz's working-class, high-school loser? Could it be the vibrant, tomboyish Mary Stuart Masterson who harbors a secret crush on her best friend, Stolz? Could it be that Lea Thompson's exile from her circle of friends is kind of heartbreaking? Maybe it's because of the unforgettable kissing scene in the garage. Maybe it's because of the wild abandon that Stolz sinks into his date with one of the most popular girls in school. Maybe it's because it contains one of the most romantic endings ever. Maybe it's all these things.
Do you love this movie as much as I do? Please do:
And let's not forget that almost flawless alt-rock soundtrack, which includes Lick the Tins' terrifically re-imagined cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Stephen Duffy's wildly romantic "She Loves Me":