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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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When you're just sixteen anything can happen! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$23,686,027
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There is a poster of Heather Thomas on the back of Mike's bedroom door. See more »

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When Caroline steps out of the Rolls-Royce, you can tell that she stepped onto a box or platform before walking off. See more »

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Samantha: Donger's here for five hours, and he's got somebody. I live here my whole life, and I'm like a disease.
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The final copyright notice misspells "liabiltiy." See more »

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Featured in Celebrating Sixteen Candles (2008) 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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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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