Sixteen Candles

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Released 1984

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Director:
John Hughes
Released:
1984
Rating:
PG
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 romantic comedy about Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald), an awkward teenage girl whose whole family forgets about her sixteenth birthday in the midst of her older sister, Ginny's (Blanche Baker) wedding. As Sam tries her hardest to catch the attention of her high school heart-throb, Jake Ryan's (Michael Schoeffling) attention she runs into a world of chaos with the annoying freshmen (Anthony Michael Hall) who cannot get enough of her and the gorgeous blonde, Caroline Mulford (Haviland Morris) who is dating the man of her dreams. Samantha is the typical middle child who gets lost between her two bratty siblings and goes unnoticed in high school, it all is proven when no one but her best friend seems to remember that her special day has come and gone. With hysterical characters such as Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe) and Samantha's nutty grandparents who are taking over her house for her sister's upcoming wedding, the laughs are never-ending.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a fresh and cheerful movie with a goofy sense of humor and a good ear for how teenagers talk.

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The movie is cheerful and light, showcasing Mr. Hughes's knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent behavior that anyone else might want to forget.

  • 70

    Variety

    Ringwald is engaging and credible. For the boys, there's a bright, funny performance by Anthony Michael Hall.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    quirky characters, dysfuntional families, absent parent, surviving high school, love story