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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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Both Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were 16 years old upon release of Sixteen Candles. See more »

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When Jake puts Caroline in the Rolls-Royce, he clearly puts her legs inside the car. Yet before he lets Ted leave he puts her legs in before he shuts the door. See more »

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Samantha: May I be excused?
Grandma Helen: Where are you going?
Samantha: I have a dance to go to - at school. It's a very important dance... uh we're being graded on it, for Gym.
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Kajagoogoo
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Performed by Kajagoogoo
Courtesy of EMI Records, Ltd.
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14 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

movies in the 80's were really cool, nice story lines, very real people and cute guys too! 80's movies were so musical, full of dance and laughter, really good acting and good use of props. I wish movies were like the old classic movies, movies nowadays are somewhat a rip off, i'm not saying all but most movies made in this era are all computerized, there's so much plastic surgery happening, drastic diets, if you look back at the old movies, the ladies are really beautiful naturally, nice hair, and the spark in those eyes, men were romantic. I watched Sixteen Candles for the first time, and i enjoyed it. I liked Pretty in Pink better though. Sixteen candles is a really funny yet in a sweet romantic sort of way....the geeks and the Duck guy, hilarious! i enjoy watching classic movies, eg. dirty dancing, ghost, gremlin, pretty in pink, ghost busters.... I wouldn't recommend this movie to kids 14+, especially if you don't like watching classic movies. But to those out there who were teens in the 80s, this might bring back your high school memories. Truly hilarious, you can predict the ending, the geeks took the spotlight for me


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