Sixteen Candles Reviews
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Ringwald does a fantastic job of playing Samantha in the way that she really digs deep into the emotions that a sixteen year old girl would feel if her whole family forgot about her birthday. Schoeffling also does a pretty good job of playing Jake, the heartfelt popular jock, he made the audience feel like they were the one that he was falling for. The chemistry between the two actors, when they were acting together, was great. When there was an awkward scene they made the audience feel the awkwardness, such as when they were standing near each other but don't make eye contact. Imagine that you're alone in a room with the person you like, both of you are aware of the situation. Not only do they know that you like them, but they don't like you back. So now you both are just standing there, alone, silent and uncomfortable. This is about the level of discomfort that the two actors make you feel.
16 Candles was made back in 1984, acting back in the 80's was far more corny compared to acting nowadays. The majority of the jokes were funny, but we've all heard them before. Could the cast members have made the overall movie better by themselves? Yes, I think the did a great job of doing so! The dialog had quite a familiar tune to it, the baseline for all classic chick flicks, however the way that the actors said the words made it more bearable. For example, instead of just saying their lines without or with little emotion they poured their hearts out into it and made it feel real to the audience watching.
Even though the movie's plot is not original and the acting is not the greatest, I still find that the movie was decently entertaining. I could predict the general plot line for the majority of the movie but there were random elements of surprise. There was also quite a few times where the f word and other swear words were used, so I would not recommend anyone not mature enough to handle such language.
Just because the movie might tend to be a tad bit predictable at times, the film overall is pretty great. It is a fun flick to watch on a Friday night with all your girlfriends eating popcorn and talking about whatever you guys have planned for the weekend. The next time you are looking for a movie to watch, don't spend thirty minutes scrolling through all the movies on Netflix, it's an easy choice, just watch 16 Candles.
Overall it is pretty fun but it's not the lovey-dovey romantic movie, it definitely more of a negative feel as opposed to a positive upbeat movie. Some language. But the ending is great. You just have to wait so long for it to get there! I'm not sure I'd see it again, but it was fun.
***** Excellent Took another viewing of the "Sixteen Candles" and this gem is as great as when I first watched it as a 16 year old teen while going to Southwest Miami Senior High. "Sixteen Candles" does not blow at all. The great, late John Hughes suburban teen comedy is a wonderful representation of teen life in the 80's as he showed us also with "The Breakfast Club". Molly Ringwald was great as the lead teen Samantha, and Anthony Michael Hall was hilarious as the geek. So get your geek on with another turn at those "Sixteen Candles".