Sixteen Candles (1984)
Samantha is turning 16 years old. Sadly for her, her entire family is preoccupied with her older sister’s wedding and forgets. What’s even worse, a secret questionnaire about Samantha’s love life falls into the hands of the very school hunk, Jake (Michael Schoeffling), she has a crush on. It seems that this information catches Jake’s attention and things begin to go her way, but just as she begins to get the attention from Jake, she also gets unwanted attention from the school geek (Anthony Michael Hall).
Just like Molly Ringwald’s other 2 huge films (The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink), Sixteen Candles sees her as a high school teen lost in a large world. She has to deal with the disappointment of being forgotten at home, all while trying to find herself through her peers. Apparently sex and virginity is the benchmark when you are 16 and she has to figure out what she wants to do with hers. It’s funny how watching this movie practically 30 years after it was made can still make sense in a world with the internet and cell phones. Sixteen Candles might not be as “coming of age” as The Breakfast Club but it still is a complex movie that can be appreciated years later. Teens of the 21st Century should be watching movies like this over crap like Twilight. John Hughes (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science) made some wonderful teen hits in the 1980 and 90s, but it was Sixteen Candles that started his career just right.
8/10 Stars – A teen comedy that works in any decade – it’s relatable, complex and deals with hormones!
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