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16 Candles

a John Hughes movie

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Brat Pack Brilliance

  • Mar 5, 2009
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Though the soundtrack- and the clothing- totally places this movie squarely in the '80s, the story of high school crushes and cliques, weird family members, and...um, even weirder foreign exchange students, will forever resonate with teenagers. I can't even begin to count the number of times my 13 year-old self rooted for Sam as she pined after the dreamy Jake Ryan, and sympathized with her as the only guy she seemed to attract attention from was the geeky Farmer Ted. In fact, I'm getting nostalgic just thinkin' about it. With memorable and lovable characters and a timeless story, Sixteen Candles holds a permanent place in my teenage heart as a classic.

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March 05, 2009
True- but while I like Pretty In Pink, I definitely think that it's between The Breakfast Club and 16 Candles for me- TBC basically set the standard for brat pack movies! Thx for alerting me to the exhilaRATE game, about to play it now!
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Sixteen Candles is a 1984 coming-of-age comedy film starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. The film was written and directed by John Hughes.

Awkward high school sophomore Samantha "Sam" Baker (Molly Ringwald) struggles to get through the day of her sixteenth birthday, which her entire family forgets because her older sister, Ginny (Blanche Baker), is getting married the next day. She is also plagued by her ongoing infatuation with the very popular and very attractive senior, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). Her day at school fares no better when she finds out that her completed "sex quiz," which she surreptitiously slipped to her friend, never reached her (and, unbeknownst to either of them, was picked up by Jake Ryan himself). Sam panics as the quiz contains personal information, including the fact that she is a virgin and is saving herself for Jake.


She has a whole new set of problems when she arrives home to find that both sets of grandparents are staying at the Baker home for the duration of the wedding visit. On top of it all, one set of grandparents brings along bizarre foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe). Sam's grandparents force her to take him along to her school dance that night and, to Sam's amazement, it takes "The Donger" only five hours to find an unlikely girlfriend — the tallish, large-breasted jock, Marlene, promptly nicknamed "Lumberjack." After some ...

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MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios

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