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
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Samantha says that Caroline "must have flunked nine grades" because of her mature figure for a high school student. In actuality, Haviland Morris was 25 years old during filming. Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) was 24. See more »
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 »
[Samantha and Randy are watching Caroline taking a shower in the locker room]
It's unbelieveable. I swear to God Caroline Mumford had to flunk about nine grades.
Brother's deaf, and everybody in the world worships her. Practically impossible to cut up. She's supposedly real sweet.
And she's going with Jake. Oh, I'm gonna kill myself.
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The final copyright notice misspells "liabiltiy." See more »
The television version includes a lunchroom scene where Samantha and her friend see the guy Samantha likes and she declares that she can't eat. See more »
The final shot of this film can in some ways mirror the difficulties of adolescence. We see Molly Ringwald finally getting to kiss the boy she's been after since the film's outset. However this kiss doesn't look like it would have been particularly easy for the actors to pull off. Both Ringwald and Shoeffling are sitting "Indian-style" on a tabletop facing one another. They both have to lean forward presumably using their wrists for leverage while their lips meet over the flaming candles on her birthday cake. A difficult kiss, indeed.
Sixteen Candles is one of the best films John Hughes gave us in the 1980s. The young cast full of so many extraordinary talents gives us one memorable scene after another. Anthony Michael Hall is particularly effective as the leader of the nerdiest students on campus. Listen to his voice crack as he reads many of his lines, and try not to laugh. Good luck! The plot, as many of us know, centers around a young girl (Ringwald) whose parents forget about her sixteenth birthday in the midst of the chaos surrounding her older sister's wedding. At the same time she tries to win the affection of the most popular guy in school who happens to be dating the most beautiful girl in school. Ah, the trials and tribulations of high school.
The film is well-paced, never drags, and has its characters pegged pretty well. The obnoxious grandparents are particularly well-drawn. Of course things are eventually resolved in a manner that could never possibly happen in real life, but that's why we go to the movies.
I miss those destructive house parties!!! 9 of 10 stars.
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