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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG  |   |  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 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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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,500,000 (USA)
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Gedde Watanabe says the gong sound effect wasn't included in the script: "I think the gong was something they added. Somebody must've had a few beers." See more »

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When Jake comes for Samantha at her house on the day of the wedding and Long Duk Dong answers the door, both panes of glass, from the inside, are clear, but when the door is opened, the panes appear frosted on the outside surfaces. See more »

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[Jake rings doorbell at Samantha's house]
Long Duk Dong: Okay. I'm comin'.
[opens closet door]
Long Duk Dong: Hello? Jeez, this place is so confusing. Okay.
[opens front door, screams and shuts door]
Long Duk Dong: Go away! I call F.I.B. I call police! Go away!
Jake: Open the door.
Long Duk Dong: No way, Jose!
Jake: Open the door.
Long Duk Dong: You beat up my face.
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an 80's classic!!!
12 January 2000 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This John Hughes film is one of the best romantic teen comedies in history. Starring 2 of the Brat Packers, Molly Ringwald, playing the lovesick Samantha, and Anthony Michael Hall who plays "The Geek", he pratically stole the entire movie with his one-liners. His friends were the best, it's funny to see John Cusack as one of his geeky friends, and I just noticed Joan Cusack makes a small appearance in this as the girl with the neck brace on. That's funny. I recommend this classic to anyone who likes romantic teen comedies. Oh and whoever said that "Sixteen Candles" was perverted, all i have to say is WHAT? What is perverted about this movie, American Pie was perverted, this movie is a classic. There was ONE scene of nudity and it lasted about 3 seconds. I give "Sixteen Candles" 10 out of 10!!!!


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