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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
... Mike Baker
... Jake
... Caroline
... Long Duk Dong
... Geek
... Jim Baker
... Brenda Baker
... Ginny
... Howard
... Dorothy
... Helen
... Fred
... Randy
... Bryce
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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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16 Candles. And you're invited to the party. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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4 May 1984 (USA)  »

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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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John Hughes wrote the role of Ted Farmer especially for Anthony Michael Hall, having worked with him on National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). See more »

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When Ted and Caroline are driving down the road, just after she makes the top go up and down, there is no rear view mirror. There is a bracket for one, but no mirror. See more »

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The Geek: I know I came on kinda like a poozer on the bus tonight and everything. But... that's just so my friends won't think, you know, I'm a jerk.
Samantha: But they're all pretty much jerks, though, aren't they?
The Geek: Yeah, but, the thing is, I'm kinda like the leader, you know? Kinda like the king of the dipshits.
Samantha: Well, that's pretty cool. Hey, but a lot can happen over a year. I mean, you could come back next Fall as a completely normal person.
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Whistle Down the Wind
Written by Nick Heyward (uncredited)
Performed by Nick Heyward
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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The Only Teen Comedy That Matters
11 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

The teen comedy to which every teen comedy made for the rest of eternity will be compared.

"Sixteen Candles" is one of those movies that has entered the vocabulary of Gen-Xers everywhere. All you have to do is say a line like: "Oh look, Frank, she's got her boobies"; or "Thanks for lending me the Donger here, he's totally bitchin'"; or "What's happening', hot stuff?", to anyone between the ages of 30 and 40, and I guarantee they'll know what you're talking about.

Molly Ringwald raised teen surliness to Shakespearean heights; Anthony Michael Hall channeled hormonal distress; and Joan Cusack brought acceptance to head-gear wearers everywhere, proving that kids with bad teeth are humans too.

Grade: A+


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