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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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This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. 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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Other music posters in Samantha's house include Culture Club, The Stray Cats (over her bed), and Sammy Hagar. See more »

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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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Samantha: Then where am I sleeping?
Mike Baker: Sofa City, Sweetheart.
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Hey Jude
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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an 80's classic!!!
12 January 2000 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This John Hughes film is one of the best romantic teen comedies in history. Starring 2 of the Brat Packers, Molly Ringwald, playing the lovesick Samantha, and Anthony Michael Hall who plays "The Geek", he pratically stole the entire movie with his one-liners. His friends were the best, it's funny to see John Cusack as one of his geeky friends, and I just noticed Joan Cusack makes a small appearance in this as the girl with the neck brace on. That's funny. I recommend this classic to anyone who likes romantic teen comedies. Oh and whoever said that "Sixteen Candles" was perverted, all i have to say is WHAT? What is perverted about this movie, American Pie was perverted, this movie is a classic. There was ONE scene of nudity and it lasted about 3 seconds. I give "Sixteen Candles" 10 out of 10!!!!


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