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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 4 May 1984 (USA)
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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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This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,500,000 (USA)
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The turntable shown spinning with the pizza on top is a Denon DP-62L. See more »

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When Jake Ryan and his friend are doing fake pull-ups in the gym, and they pull back, you can see the dolly track. (Full-screen version only) See more »

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Randy: Geek, can I be honest with you?
The Geek: Not if you're gonna insult me.
Randy: [laughs] Okay.
The Geek: Shoot.
Randy: Get the hell outta here.
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Lohengrin Wedding March
Performed by The Bavarian Staatsoper Munich Chorus and Orchestra
Conducted by Robert Heger
Courtesy of EMI Electrola GmbH
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Now we're both on the pill!
15 May 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

I had to write about this film after seeing the last 10 minutes of it on TV last night. I didn't miss much after all cause I had seen the film countless times when I was younger. Man I remember how much I enjoyed it. This has to be the most 80's character driven film about high school I have ever seen. It is just plain out stupid funny and heartwarming.

While Breakfast Club tries to handle the seriousness of social peers, and Ferris Beuller just solidifies the ultimate 80's experience with some great performances and total hip coolness, Sixteen Candles is just a crazy fun romp through the perils of being a teenager.

Ringwald is at her prime as the overburdened teenager, and Michael Hall is at his greatest as the ultimate schemer-geek. The party aftermath always cracks me up everytime I see it, plus so many more things.

Also, there's a scene where the geek gets unloaded out of the trunk of a car, and i SWEAR it's not a human person but a dummy cause the guy does not move but stands like a broomstick.. It's just one of those bizarre movie qwerks I wish someone could explain to me. And who can forget those alligator shirts.... I laugh now at the way everyone and the bands look in these 80's movies.

Alas it seems, Hall and Ringwald got stuck in stereotyped roles that they never seemed to shed or outgrew them as they became adults, which is to bad cause Ringwald, and particularly Hall's comedic sense of timing in this film is just amazing.

Rating 8 out of 10.


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