Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Romance


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A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.


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26 February 2006 | TOMASBBloodhound
9
| A difficult kiss.
The final shot of this film can in some ways mirror the difficulties of adolescence. We see Molly Ringwald finally getting to kiss the boy she's been after since the film's outset. However this kiss doesn't look like it would have been particularly easy for the actors to pull off. Both Ringwald and Shoeffling are sitting "Indian-style" on a tabletop facing one another. They both have to lean forward presumably using their wrists for leverage while their lips meet over the flaming candles on her birthday cake. A difficult kiss, indeed.

Sixteen Candles is one of the best films John Hughes gave us in the 1980s. The young cast full of so many extraordinary talents gives us one memorable scene after another. Anthony Michael Hall is particularly effective as the leader of the nerdiest students on campus. Listen to his voice crack as he reads many of his lines, and try not to laugh. Good luck! The plot, as many of us know, centers around a young girl (Ringwald) whose parents forget about her sixteenth birthday in the midst of the chaos surrounding her older sister's wedding. At the same time she tries to win the affection of the most popular guy in school who happens to be dating the most beautiful girl in school. Ah, the trials and tribulations of high school.

The film is well-paced, never drags, and has its characters pegged pretty well. The obnoxious grandparents are particularly well-drawn. Of course things are eventually resolved in a manner that could never possibly happen in real life, but that's why we go to the movies.

I miss those destructive house parties!!! 9 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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Trivia

Jake's father's 1974 Rolls-Royce Corniche Series I, is worth more than sixty-six thousand dollars today.


Quotes

The Geek: Can I borrow your underpants for 10 minutes?


Goofs

When Sam is talking to her mom in the kitchen, you can see the shadow of the boom mic on the cabinet between them.


Alternate Versions

Television version shown on WE network has an extra scene: right after Samantha says "I'd shit twice and die" (about anyone finding out she wrote the sex test answers about Jake), it shows Jake in the lunchroom reading the sex test he stole from the floor. It then cuts to Samantha and her friend, Randy, in line to get food, and Samantha exclaims she can't believe she's eating cafeteria burgers. Randy asks why Brenda (Sam's mother) didn't give her her carrot sticks. Samantha says, "She can't remember my birthday, you think she's gonna remember my carrots?" It's then disclosed that Sam is eating the carrots because it's supposed to make your breasts larger. Randy asks how it's going, and Sam says she's only gotten 1/16th of an inch improvement, a 1/2 inch if she takes a deep breath. They then go to find a seat. Sam sees Jake sitting at a table. She throws her food tray onto Randy's tray and says that she has to leave because Jake is there, and "I don't want him to know that I eat!" It then continues with the chin-up scene with Jake


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If You Were Here
Written by
Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway
Performed by Thompson Twins
Courtesy of Arista Records Inc.

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Comedy | Romance

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