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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  4 May 1984 (USA)
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A young 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)  »

Also Known As:

Se busca novio  »

Box Office


$6,500,000 (estimated)


$20,500,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Filmed at Niles East High School. Some of the students in the big party scene are wearing Niles East Trojans jackets and shirts. Niles East was in Skokie, Illinois and had already been closed for over 3 years when filming began. The original school building has since been demolished, and is now the location of Oakton Community College. See more »


In the night scenes with the Rolls-Royce, Caroline's hair has not been cut yet. The same is also true when she is talking to Jake in the church parking lot near the end of the movie. See more »


The Geek: Very nice! We're five minutes in... I'm at a loss.
Bryce: Real smooth, Cliff.
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Referenced in How to Make It in America: Unhappy Birthday (2010) See more »


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Music by Chris Foreman and lyrics by Carl Smyth
Performed by Madness
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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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