Some Kind of Wonderful is extremely simple and straightforward with a traditional love triangle. The only difference is our main protagonist is chasing after the most popular girl in high school, and his best friend, who happens to be a tom boy, is also deeply in love with him. Eric Stoltz, who plays Keith, has no knowledge of her feelings. I feel many people have been in scenarios like this one, especially in high school. I myself have gotten rejected by friends countless times, and if you haven't experienced that, it hurts, BADLY. This film does a great job at showing what it's like to distance yourself from your close friends because the feelings can be so strong, and it can truly throw everything off with that specific person.
The cast does a phenomenal job at conveying these complex emotions. Most notably, Mary Stuart Masterson as Watts, the best friend who is deeply infatuated with Keith. The way she tries to hold herself together while she watches her best friend chase the popular girl, it's painful to witness and she really sells this. Lea Thompson also puts in solid work as the popular girl that everyone fawns over. She adds a little depth to a very generic role.
And we can't forget Eric Stoltz. He is very nuanced and easy to relate to. These three all have excellent chemistry together, and the female characters are so good in this film that it's almost sad we don't get more time with them. If you're looking for a very solid 80's flick with heart and you want some teenage feels, then I highly suggest Some Kind of Wonderful.
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