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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Some of the material works marvelously well, but the stuff that doesn't takes the movie down with it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4