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Sixteen Candles (1984)

Cast: Rick LeFevour, Rick LeFevour, Mike Yuan, more...
Director: John Hughes, John Hughes
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Comedies, Teen Comedy, Coming of Age
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha's family home as it's invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

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One of the few really funny teen movies by Texan99 September 5, 2010 - 2:38 PM PDT
Extremely sweet-natured though acidic comedy. This excellent little confection was so delightful that I was awfully disappointed in the pompous "Breakfast Club" and that other rat-pack sequel whose name I'm blocking out. My usual complaint about airheaded comedies is that they get leaden about halfway through, but not so with "16 Candles," which continues to alternate between sweetly affecting and sharply funny right to the end. Watching Anthony Michael Hall's skinny little character in all his desperately geeky wit, it's hard to believe he's the same actor you see today in "The Dead Zone" playing a lobotomized Steve McQueen hunk. What happened to him?

One thing I particularly appreciate about this teen-angst movie is that the Cutest Couple in High School (football star/cheerleader) are treated with surprising sympathy after being set up for the usual slasher treatment.

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(Average 6.93)
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