Sixteen Candles [DVD] [1984]

SIXTEEN CANDLESMolly Ringwald established herself as the teen queen of the ’80s in this fresh comedy. The movie is a day in the life of Samantha, whose 16th birthday is turning out to be anything but sweet. All the traumas of teendom come down on one long day, which sees Samantha surrounded by dithery relatives,

CANDLESMolly Ringwald established herself as the teen queen of the ’80s in this fresh comedy. The movie is a day in the life of Samantha, whose 16th birthday is turning out to be anything but sweet. All the traumas of teendom come down on one long day, which sees Samantha surrounded by dithery relatives, mooning over a school hunk, and pursued by a sawed-off Lothario. Sixteen marked the directing debut of John Hughes, and its goofy energy displayed a promising talent with a great ear for school lingo … a promise neglected since Hughes became, after Alone, a one-man entertainment industry. There are some pretty crass moments (Why the stereotype of the foreign-exchange student from Asia?), but Ringwald’s steady appeal smoothes over the rough spots. As the pubescent, self-styled lady-killer, Anthony Michael Hall turns in a hilarious portrait of a young swinger; he and Ringwald would reteam with Hughes for The Breakfast Club, another key teen picture of the decade. –Robert Horton

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Legal Vampire says:

Molly Ringwald good & charming but it is ‘The Breakfast Club’ you really need to see ‘Sixteen Candles’ is the first of about three 1980s comedies about school-aged teenagers to be written and directed by John Hughes and to star Molly Ringwald, although the characters and plots are not related. While not a bad film, this is nowhere near as good as ‘The Breakfast Club’, which they made together the following year.‘Sixteen Candles’ is a more ordinary comedy about teenagers. It is about one day (actually her 16th birthday) in the life of Samantha, an American…

Amazon Customer says:

Perfect for any fan of 80s coming of age films If you’re into 80s coming of age romantic films, this is a must. Great cast and loved the film

Arash Farmanfarmaian says:

And my daughter loved it. Reminded me of my own childhood. And my daughter loved it.

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