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Sixteen Candles (1984)

 -  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 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. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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16 Candles. And you're invited to the party. See more »

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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,500,000 (USA)
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In the cafeteria scene seen in TV broadcasts, the lunch menu reads as follows (in all-uppercase changeable letters):
  • MEATBALL SALAD - .80


  • SENIOR BURGER & FRIES - $1.00


  • CHIPPED PORK ON A BUN - .55


  • JUMBO FISHDOG - .75


  • CORNAROOS - .55


  • GELATIN BALLS - .30


  • CANNED BROWNIES IN LIGHT SYRUP - .50


  • VITAMIN COBBLER - FREE


  • ICED TEA - .15


  • GRAPE BEVERAGE - .15


  • WARM MILK - .10


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When the grandparents are in Samantha's room sleeping and the phone wakes them up, the phone is in one position, Grandma hangs it up, and the receiver is different than before. Then when they answer it again it is in a different position. Then they have the phone on the bed. See more »

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[last lines]
Jake: Happy birthday, Samantha. Make a wish.
Samantha: It already came true.
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Performed by Spandau Ballet
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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"They F##king forgot my birthday!!!"...
29 March 1999 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

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 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.


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