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It shows potential throughout and entertains thanks to its lively cast and down-to-earth mishaps, but ultimately falls short of being a well-rounded, significant and complete film about the struggles of teenagers.
Sixteen Candles, the directorial debut of John Hughes, struggles to keep the flame burning through all three acts, but is overall mostly entertaining fare thanks to a fun story and memorable performances from Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.
I was 17 when I first saw this movie. I laughed, but even back then I found the manner in which the Asian character was presented disturbing. It actually ruined the movie and my high back then. I no longer get stoned, but I still am unable to enjoy the movie for the racism it presents. Which is too bad, because there are a lot of smart things going on in this comedy.
I don't get what all the hype is about. I finally watched this for the first time and it was very... forgettable. Maybe in the '80s this was fresh, and bold and unique. But in 2015 it is boring and dull. Wasn't worth my time.
Another must see. Although funny to look back on the film rating system and see how much both it and society's values seem to have changed since we were kids. There is a shower scene with I believe full frontal female nudity which you would NEVER see in a PG-13 movie which this movie would be rated today. You basically don't have any nudity in PG-13 movies these days - violence decapitations galore but nudity and sexual references! NO WAY! We wonder why kids are running around shooting each other? I guess I liked it better when they were getting drunk and pregnant back in the 80's instead of hatching bomb plots and murder suicides. A lot of the plot revolves around sex, virginity etc. so if that is a taboo topic in your house watching this film with your kids will have to wait.
Thirty years later and the film, which is arguably very much associated with the decade it was made in, still holds up better than most of the coming of age stories made now. It may not be the best John Hughes' movie, but as his first, it's definitely noteworthy.
Definitely overrated, other than Molly Ringwald's character the cast is pretty deplorable. It has minor moments of humor, but they do nothing to progress the plot, which is a relatively simple one to begin with. Some of the jokes are awkward. Just bland.
Jake Ryan, though. Surprisingly poorly written, for Hughes. Also, date raping a drunk hot girl is hilarious, I guess. It has the feel of a first draft that was never looked at again. But, feel-good '80s. So, whatevs.