Sixteen Candles (1984)
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Category Keywords: 1980s Campus Life Coming Of Age Essential Cinema Family Interaction Recommended Romance Self-Discovery Teen Idols Teenage Teenage Girls Teenagers Theatrical Release
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It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime.
|A girl turning 16 likes another girl's guy and feels nobody cares about her birthday.|
"...filmmaker John Hughes offers moments of wit and warmth. David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Hall is very funny as the energetic adolescent pest and a good supporting cast includes the Cusack sibings John and Joan. Empire
"Molly Ringwald is radiant here as the eternal teen looking for love. Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...a fresh and cheerful movie with a goofy sense of humor and a good ear for how teenagers talk. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...funny gags and excellent performances by Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. TV Guide
"Ringwald is engaging and credible. For the boys, there's a bright, funny performance by Anthony Michael Hall. Variety
Editor's NoteTeen angst abounds in this classic comedy written and directed by John Hughes. Samantha Baker's (Molly Ringwald) 16th birthday should be perfect and memorable. Unfortunately, her whole family is preoccupied with her sister's impending wedding and completely forgets Samantha's big day. To add insult to injury, the school geek (Anthony Michael Hall) won't stop hitting on her, she has to bring a foreign exchange student (Gedde Watanabe) with her to the school dance, her visiting grandparents have taken over her bedroom, and she's sure that the boy of her dreams (Michael Schoeffling) doesn't know that she exists. Hughes's script captures the range of teenage emotions, from embarrassment to peer pressure to the pangs of puppy love, with humor and honesty. Hall is memorable as the Geek, and Schoeffling is perfect as the boy of Sam's dreams. A young John Cusack makes his second feature-film appearance as the geek's friend, Bryce, while sister Joan Cusack appears as Geek Girl #1. Ringwald's reign as the queen of 1980s teen flicks began with this film, which was Hughes's directorial debut and the first in his stream of successful teen films (THE BREAKFAST CLUB, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF).
Cast & Crew
|Anthony Michael Hall|
|John Hughes - Director|
|Bobby Byrne - Director of Photography|
|Ira Newborn - Musical Score|
|Hilton A. Green - Producer|
|John Hughes - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryHow could Samantha's life get any worse? Her annoyingly beautiful sister's going to marry a sleazy hunk, both sets of grandparents are spending the weekend in her home, and the boy of her dreams doesn't know her from Adam. But yes--things can go downhill even from there, because Samantha's preoccupied parents have managed to forget her birthday. Still, maybe something will come along to save the day...From the mad morning bus ride to school to the outrage of gym class to the tragedy of not receiving an invitation to the big dance, SIXTEEN CANDLES charmingly and realistically captures the world of a typical angst-ridden suburban teen.
|"C'mon, you know you're the one I wanna bug!"----the Geek (Anthony Michael Hall) to Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald)|
|"Nice manners, babe!"--the Geek to Randy (Liane Curtis)|