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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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Final film for Max Showalter, who portrays Grandpa Fred. See more »

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Sam puts a can of Diet Coke on her lunch food tray in the school cafeteria, but when she enters the lunch room with her friend, she clearly has a regular can of Coke on her food tray. See more »

Quotes

The Geek: [takes item from Caroline] Thank you.
Caroline: [laughs drunkenly] Now we're both on the pill.
The Geek: What?
[spits it out]
The Geek: You gave me a birth control pill? Do you have any idea what that will do to a guy my age?
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Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover (2008) See more »

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Geek Boogie
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Music by Ira Newborn and the Geeks
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10 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the most quotable I've ever seen. Everyone who has ever seen it knows this is true. Along with "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Breakfast Club", this is the best of the John Hughes 1980's movies. The acting is perfection, down to the smallest parts, too. Standouts are Blanche Baker as the bride-to-be on too many painkillers, Justin Henry as the pain-in-the-neck little brother, Michael Schoeffling as hunk-deluxe Jake Ryan and last but never least, Anthony Michael Hall as Farmer Fred....I mean Ted.


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