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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 4 May 1984 (USA)
A 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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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,461,520, 6 May 1984, Wide Release

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$23,686,027
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When eating dinner with the family, Long Duk Dong is using the ends of two forks as chopsticks. See more »

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When the girl in the fur coat is walking down the steps, her pearl necklace get caught and breaks. The pearls fall all over and they are picking them up and putting the loose pearls in a beer can, however when they come upon Caroline with her hair caught in the door, the pearl necklace is still intact and also when she has the scissors and is cutting Caroline's hair. See more »

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Jake: You better not be dickin' me around. It'd be a major downer to try and get together with this girl and find out that she really does think I'm a slime.
The Geek: Jake, would I dick you? Let me put it to you this way, what happens to me if I dick you?
Jake: I'll kick your ass.
The Geek: Right! So why would I lie? But I feel compelled to mention to you, Jake, I mean, if all you want of the girl is a piece of ass, I mean, I'll either do it myself, or get someone bigger than me, to kick your ass. I mean, not many girls in ...
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The final copyright notice misspells "liabiltiy." See more »

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Sixteen Candles
Written by Luther Dixon and Allyson R. Khent
Performed by The Stray Cats
Courtesy of EMI America and Arista Records Ltd.
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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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