Sixteen Candles (1984)
Critic Consensus: Significantly more mature than the teen raunch comedies that defined the era, Sixteen Candles is shot with compassion and clear respect for his characters and their hang-ups.
On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha's family home as it's invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi … More
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as Geek Girl No. 1
as Long Duk Dong
as Brenda Baker
as Ray Gun Geek No. 1
as Jimmy Montrose
as Shower Double
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Critic Reviews for Sixteen Candles
There's also a darkly handsome high school heartbreak kid (Michael Schoeffling), a merciful brisk pace, some quick humor (visual and verbal), and a solid music track.
As the girl, Molly Ringwald is natural and appealing, but she's lost in a world of blunt, vicious caricatures.
Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive package.
A sweet and funny movie about two of the worst things that can happen to a girl on her sixteenth birthday.
Most of the the movie is cheerful and light, showcasing Mr. Hughes's knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent behavior that anyone else might want to forget.
Audience Reviews for Sixteen Candles
Had its cute moments, but made 1.5 hours feel like 3. And what's up with that weird Chinese / Korean / Japanese guy speaking a madeup Asian language.
Since this is John Hughes' directorial debut, it's understandable Sixteen Candles is far below the caliber of such brilliant and powerful classics as Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club. But not even that expectation can justify the disappointment Sixteen Candles is. Characters are not as well developed as they usually are in Hughes' best films, and some parts come off as simply ignorant---even mildly racist in relation to a Chinese exchange student. All that aside, however, the film paves the way for Molly Ringwald's later success, and partially signifies her ability to captivate an audience and properly embody the truths of teenage angst. Sixteen Candles is only watchable when Ringwald is on screen. It is unfortunately brimming with cheap humor and shaky plot twists.
Empty characters typical of juvenile 1980's films. Not worth the time.
Sixteen Candles Quotes
|Long Duk Dong:||Ohhh, sexy girlfriend!... Bonzai!|
|Samantha Baker:||This is Farmer Fred.|
|Samantha Baker:||Oh, I'm sorry, Farmer Ted.|
|Geek:||I'm not really a farmer. I'm a freshman.|
|Brenda Baker:||Don't be a smartass.|
|Mike Baker:||Okay, I'll be a dumbass.|
|Geek:||Nice ma - nice manners, babe?|
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