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Plot: Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The fifteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duc Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 03 May 1984
The Only Teen Comedy That Matters (by evanston_dad)
The teen comedy to which every teen comedy made for the rest of eternity will be compared."Sixteen Candles" is one of those movies that has entered the vocabulary of Gen-Xers everywhere. All you have to do is say a line like: "Oh look, Frank, she's got her boobies"; or "Thanks for lending me the Donger here, he's totally bitchin'"; or "What's happening', hot stuff?", to anyone between the ages of 30 and 40, and I guarantee they'll know what you're talking about.Molly Ringwald raised teen surliness to Shakespearean heights; <more>
Anthony Michael Hall channeled hormonal distress; and Joan Cusack brought acceptance to head-gear wearers everywhere, proving that kids with bad teeth are humans too.Grade: A+
Reading some of the reviews makes me chuckle. This film is a classic. Made when people weren't offended by everything. A happier time.
Fantastic movie for the 80's. Please ignore all the haters... (by compage)
I happened to be reading another movie review on IMDB and my daughter had asked me something trivia related regarding Sixteen Candles, a favorite of mine having seen it in the theatre long ago and of my daughters.I have to say I was moderately horrified by the negative reviews. Reviews that characterize this movie as racist and endorsing rape. Frankly, people today have way too much free time on their hands.This was a comedy and I'll address the two major points that several people have taken umbrage with regarding this movie.First, the character, Long Duck Dong, the visiting exchange <more>
student. Several reviewers have expressed outrage and described the character as a racist portrayal of a character in of all things, a movie from 32 years ago. The irony here is that the character is a parody rather than a racist demonstration. Duck is literally the character in the movie that has the least issues and is the most comfortable with himself. If this is racism, how come no one talks about Justin Chon in 21 and over? Passed out for half the movie, running around in drag etc. Or Ken Jeong in the Hangover movies. Both characters have far worse behavior in much more modern times. Yet the Donger parties and meets a girl and its racist. Or how about Asian comedians that poke fun at their own culture? Margaret Cho for example. The vast majority of her material is making fun of her culture. Now those are examples of reverse racism and it is very common in comedy. No one says anything negative when Jerry Seinfeld mocks jewish culture or Russell Peters makes fun of Indian culture.It's comedy and self deprecating comedy at that. Given Duck is pretty much one of the funniest characters in the movie, its ironic that people that I expect are non asian are taking umbrage with his portrayal.Regarding the endorsement of rape, yet another unbelievable interpretation. It's so bad that Molly Ringwald who maintained for years that this was her favorite movie to act in has now come out and said she is uncomfortable in the content. Metoo has forced her to publically change her opinion on a piece of work she clearly loved and that launched her career. For those that haven't seen the movie or forget here is the scene. The senior that is interested in Molly Ringwald another fun joke is reviewers talking about how a much older character should be interested in Ringwald and yet in the movie they are only separated by 2 years has a girlfriend. He finds her shallow and uninteresting given that she drinks and parties etc. He decides after the girlfriend trashes his house and passes out drunk that he is done with her. The character played by Anthony Michael Hall is at his house for the party. After Anthony shares that Ringwald is interested, Jake offers Anthony his car and indicates that he can drive her home. When Anthony suggests he is crazy, Jake states, "I could violate her 10 different ways and she wouldn't notice because she was so drunk.And herein lies the crux of the haters. Jake and his GF are presumably in a sexual relationship its inferred but not shown . At no point does he tell Michael Anthony Hall to violate or take advantage of her, he merely offers him a car to drive her home. His violation comment speaks to the state of her inebriation and that she would not recognize Hall if he drove her home.The next day, Hall and Caroline wake up in the back seat of a car fully clothed. They talk about whether or not they had sex but neither is sure. Both had been drinking and had fallen asleep. They kiss and that's about it.Impressive that two people that are apparently drunk awake fully clothed hall with his retainer wire on with no memory of intimacy and yet the inference is that he took advantage of her.My daughter who also loves this movie discussed the scene with me after I had read the comments and she was as confused as I was.This is a timeless movie about overcoming stereotypes as were most of Hughes' movies Duck the shy Asian asserting himself, Molly coming out of her shell, the jock taking interest in a girl that was actually interesting, Hall the geek becoming pretty damn cool .My suggestion is that anyone that heaps hate on this teen comedy from 32 years ago steer clear of the spate of current teen comedies like "Blockers" or the aforementioned "21 and over" or heaven forbid movies like the American Pie series or even Animal House.
"They F##king forgot my birthday!!!"... (by Don-102)
These are the immortal words spoken by SIXTEEN CANDLES heroine Samantha Baker Molly Ringwald in the ultimate 80's teen comedy. This movie has become a classic to those born in the 70's, like myself, and I now consider it a "guilty pleasure". Its a movie we all grew up with. Didn't we all know a person like 'Farmer Ted', or a hot queenie like the blonde he hilariously gets. It was every young freshman's fantasy. This funny flick is also a relic of the 80's that is not all that dated.The jokes still work as long as you see it uncut and it is neat seeing <more>
things of the not so distant past be on display. Floppy disks, headgears, leotards, etc... Time has not been so good to the featured stars. Ringwald and Anthony-Michael Hall, who was born to play this role, and this one only, have all but disappeared. The biggest stars now are blips on the screen here: Joan in a headgear and John a geek Cusack. The film is like a toy you can't put away.Some situations are beat, but at least Paul Dooley adds an extra dimension to the father. Too many of John Hughes' teen-angst comedies of the era feature tissue-thin parental figures. This was the first and best of the so-called "brat pack" movies, and will always hold a place in 1980's filmmaking history. Girls learned never to lend their underwear to a geek and we all learned that high school is just a phase, easily forgotten as time goes on.
The final shot of this film can in some ways mirror the difficulties of adolescence. We see Molly Ringwald finally getting to kiss the boy she's been after since the film's outset. However this kiss doesn't look like it would have been particularly easy for the actors to pull off. Both Ringwald and Shoeffling are sitting "Indian-style" on a tabletop facing one another. They both have to lean forward presumably using their wrists for leverage while their lips meet over the flaming candles on her birthday cake. A difficult kiss, indeed.Sixteen Candles is one of the best <more>
films John Hughes gave us in the 1980s. The young cast full of so many extraordinary talents gives us one memorable scene after another. Anthony Michael Hall is particularly effective as the leader of the nerdiest students on campus. Listen to his voice crack as he reads many of his lines, and try not to laugh. Good luck! The plot, as many of us know, centers around a young girl Ringwald whose parents forget about her sixteenth birthday in the midst of the chaos surrounding her older sister's wedding. At the same time she tries to win the affection of the most popular guy in school who happens to be dating the most beautiful girl in school. Ah, the trials and tribulations of high school.The film is well-paced, never drags, and has its characters pegged pretty well. The obnoxious grandparents are particularly well-drawn. Of course things are eventually resolved in a manner that could never possibly happen in real life, but that's why we go to the movies.I miss those destructive house parties!!! 9 of 10 stars.The Hound.
Spoilers herein.Most films are about other films, and few invent new stuff in the film world. So when something new comes around, it is remarkable. The big deal with this film is that it DOES add something to the cinematic vocabulary that wasn't there before. It references the movies we invent and carry in our minds from high school. `Fast Times at Ridgemont High' was the originator of this idea, but the manner used there never caught on unless you could Kevin Smith . Here, the idea is to be fantastic, so amazingly so that we agree with the direction of the fantasy. It is precisely <more>
the direction we were already going with the exaggerations we play with in our own memories. A house is not just trashed by a party, it is decimated and defiled. A foreign student isn't just out of touch, he is from outer space and this Earth just gobbles him up. All this frantic fantasy wouldn't work without an emotional anchor. The `rule of twos' says that you need a girl and a boy, here Molly and Hall. These are characters who live in that chaotic mess and who you can see knowing it and devising strategies to get by.Michael Hall is terrific, but Molly Ringwald interests me more. Nowadays, a director would find a 20's something actress to play a teenager like dePalma had with `Carrie' . Molly was actually younger than her character but understands the notion of trying to find a lighted path in a funhouse.She is only asked to do one thing here. Her subsequent career shows she is limited as an actress to this one thing, but she does it so extraordinarily well, it anchors the fantasy. We relate to her and use her a springboard for our own remembrances. No shrinking redhead can appear in film now without referencing her in some way. I'm thinking directly of Lauren Ambrose here. It is a touch of genius. This is her best work, and that of Hughes as well. It added something, something that stuck. Now, many movies are about this one.Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
I am shocked to realise this hilarious film is now 30 years old! Films from 1964 seen in 1988 looked a zillion years apart.....how can a 1980s film like this one still be so new and play so fresh in 2014? ...Apart from it being funnier and truly inspired I really now appreciate more the legacy of John Hughes in his series of films that were released in that 5 year span 1984-89. Anthony Michael Hall is rightly celebrated and gorgeous Molly Ringwald deserves her fame in the teen hall of Stardom. Whatever happened to Michael Schoeffling Jake ....anyone know? It seems incongruous that so many <more>
future stars got their start in this film yet he seemed to go nowhere. I am also very surprised it got a PG rating.......given the swearing and the nudity..but I guess in the spirit of it all it was a perfect pic for anyone 12 - 112. Very clever and very funny.
I had to write about this film after seeing the last 10 minutes of it on TV last night. I didn't miss much after all cause I had seen the film countless times when I was younger. Man I remember how much I enjoyed it. This has to be the most 80's character driven film about high school I have ever seen. It is just plain out stupid funny and heartwarming.While Breakfast Club tries to handle the seriousness of social peers, and Ferris Beuller just solidifies the ultimate 80's experience with some great performances and total hip coolness, Sixteen Candles is just a crazy fun romp <more>
through the perils of being a teenager.Ringwald is at her prime as the overburdened teenager, and Michael Hall is at his greatest as the ultimate schemer-geek. The party aftermath always cracks me up everytime I see it, plus so many more things.Also, there's a scene where the geek gets unloaded out of the trunk of a car, and i SWEAR it's not a human person but a dummy cause the guy does not move but stands like a broomstick.. It's just one of those bizarre movie qwerks I wish someone could explain to me. And who can forget those alligator shirts.... I laugh now at the way everyone and the bands look in these 80's movies.Alas it seems, Hall and Ringwald got stuck in stereotyped roles that they never seemed to shed or outgrew them as they became adults, which is to bad cause Ringwald, and particularly Hall's comedic sense of timing in this film is just amazing.Rating 8 out of 10.
It may look like cheesy teen romance, but it was the birth of teen comedy as we know it (by Movie_Muse_Reviews)
As weird as it may sound, "Sixteen Candles" is an important film. It's true: a film about a high school girl who has a nightmarish sixteenth birthday played a significant role in shaping movie comedies as we know them today.To start with, "Sixteen Candles" was written and directed by John Hughes. Hughes had written a couple films prior to this one for the group National Lampoon's, namely the classic comedy "National Lampoon's: Vacation." "Candles" marks the directorial debut of Hughes, his first complete film. Why is this of any <more>
significance? Well, Hughes followed up this film a year later with a little movie called "The Breakfast Club." As if that wasn't impressive enough, in the 1980s, Hughes produced more hit sequels to the "Vacation" series, a movie called "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and created some of the finest films of the careers of Chevy Chase and John Candy. He's the father of 80s comedy and the grandfather of comedy as we know it today.So how does this all ring true in "Sixteen Candles"? To start, the film takes place in the span of 48 hours. That seems insignificant, but how many classic teenage comedies take place in a short time span? The model even holds true with today's films like the praised Apatow Productions film "Superbad." That's just one small example. The real contribution of this movie is its depiction of the teenage lifestyle. Samantha is a typical teenager with typical teenage thoughts and problems on her 16th birthday. Molly Ringwald is a name no one forgets despite her only major films being this and "Breakfast Club" because we see a little of our teenage selves in her candid performance. With Hughes help to create such a real concept getting neglected by her family on her birthday , Ringwald communicates all those dizzying 16-year-old emotions and issues like self-confidence, being misunderstood and of course hopeless romance.The comedic genius plays its way in to all the things that happen to Sam and the completely relatable and/or goofy characters that surround her. The film is one of the first to take what "Animal House" did for college movies and apply it to the high school scene, being unafraid to handle the sex and drinking and generally irresponsible behavior. While this idea has since exploded into untold number of movies both good and awful, what makes it stay fresh today is that it doesn't over-stereotype. There are nerds and popular girls and what have you, but Hughes doesn't play up that hierarchy. Sam's love interest, the seemingly unattainable Jake Ryan doesn't have jerk-off friends pressuring him not to fall for the unknown quiet girl. them coming together is the film's goal, not it's plot. While the believability there isn't the film's strong suit, it's not as weak and cheesed up as similar films that followed it.The best part of "Sixteen Candles" is how unmistakably real it is. The family drama and goofiness that plays out the story takes place the day before and of Sam's sister's wedding and the family's in town is so dead on. We all have grandparents like Sam's that treat us like they treat Sam. We all have embarrassing but necessary conversations with our parents, even if we don't like seeing them on the screen either. Hughes taps into our inner or depending outer teenager with sacrificing the humor of the whole situation. If nothing else, "Sixteen Candles" could provide anyone with a camera and some confidence to create a movie. This is proof that movies about life in the suburbs can in fact be done well.Complimented with a killer soundtrack, freshmen who look like 12-year-olds paying money to see women's underwear, some great cars and plenty of empty cans of "Old Style," "Sixteen Candles" is classic in every sense of the word. There's no denying that it's cheesy and most of the acting is poor outside of Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall also of "Breakfast Club" as the socially courageous geek who is a sweetheart of a troublemaker. Oh, and appearances by the young Cusacks. At the same time, it's the nostalgic, lost but hopeful teenage feeling the movie evokes that makes it timeless. It can't be underestimated how much of an impact this film really did have on the future of comedies.