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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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Turning sixteen isn't easy, when you've fallen in love...for the first time. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$23,686,027
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Carlin Glynn (Brenda) confronted John Hughes about the fact that the script didn't call for her to apologize for forgetting her daughter's birthday, despite the fact that her character was described as a good and attentive mother. Hughes agreed, and added the scene where Brenda tearfully apologizes to Samantha (Molly Ringwald). See more »

Goofs

The Geek states he can't drive a stick which is why he takes the Rolls rather than the Porsche.

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Quotes

Jake: I do independent study with her. I catch her lookin' at me a lot. It's kinda cool, the way she's always lookin' at me.
Rock: Maybe she's retarded.
Jake: I'm being serious, okay? She looks at me like she's in love with me.
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The final copyright notice misspells "liabiltiy." See more »

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Lohengrin Wedding March
Written by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
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 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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