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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 4 May 1984 (USA)
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A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.



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Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-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 Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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When you're just sixteen anything can happen! See more »


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Release Date:

4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)


$20,500,000 (USA)

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While Ted and Jake are talking about Sam after the party in Jake's house, Frank Sinatra's New York,New York is heard in the background. See more »


The Geek states he can't drive a stick which is why he takes the Rolls rather than the Porsche.

But later when Jake pulls up behind the Geek and his girlfriend, sitting in the Rolls, it's clear the Porsche is an automatic. He pulls shifter to the rear and into drive and his clutch foot doesn't move at all. See more »


Samantha: [to Randy] Ever since my twelfth, I've been looking forward to my sweet sixteen.
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Referenced in Twice in a Lifetime: Sixteen Candles (1999) See more »


Turning Japanese
Written by David Fenton and Edward Bazalgette
Performed by The Vapors
Courtesy of Liberty Records, a Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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The eighties were great weren't they
12 July 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Films like Sixteen Candles personify what the eighties was all about. And if you were a child of the 80s, you will probably identify with this film a lot more than the now younger generation. The story is simple enough, but it works so well. Molly Ringwald is particularly likeable in this, and she is almost irreplaceable in her part. There are heaps of familiar faces, including small parts from many of the present day 'movie stars' ie John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz. It's kind of daggy though, and when you tell people you watched it their response is usually "Oh My God. That is so OLD." But that's what I like about it. If you want to watch a film that reflects the eighties, forget the nostalgia trips of The Wedding Singer and Romy and Michelle. Hire a true eighties product, such as Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, St Elmo's Fire.... The list goes on and on.

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