Cinema: Teen Turmoil SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL

Directed by Howard Deutch Screenplay by John Hughes

Now that Judy Blume is writing for grownups, we must regard John Hughes as her successor. His movies, like her young-adult novels, have good qualities. He knows what the teens' Top 40 moral issues are, and he places his stories in palpably realistic contexts. Not only do his kids speak up-to-the-minute adolescent idiom and illustrate the latest dress code perfectly, they attend clangorously class-conscious public high schools, whose unexamined values the protagonists must always challenge -- and defeat.

Some Kind of Wonderful rather too starkly exhibits Hughes' standard procedure. It has one of his attractive misfits, shy, sensitive Keith (Eric Stoltz)...

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