Sixteen Candles

 (5,618)IMDb 7.11 h 33 min1984X-RayR
It's Samantha Baker's Sweet Sixteen and no one in her family remembers the important occasion. John Hughes, the writer of National Lampoon's Vacation, shows how coming-of-age can be full of surprises in this warm-hearted teenage comedy starring Molly Ringwald. She's your average teen, enduring creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the Big Blonde on Campus who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. But wait...the day isn't over yet! This sparkling film features a dynamic score, and outstanding performances by Paul Dooley, Emmy winner Blanche Baker and Oscar nominee Justin Henry.
Directors
John Hughes
Starring
Molly RingwaldAnthony Michael Hall
Genres
ComedyRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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L.W
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, funny and well acted.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, funny and well acted.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2019
A pretty sweet, funny and simple comedy about an 80s high school romance. The acting is actually one of the best parts, the leads are all really good. The parent and grandparents largely provide the comic relief. You can tell it's all meant to be very light hearted but they're are a few kind of disturbing bits to it.
The blu ray delivers impressive colours and good detail while still looking nice and natural. The sound is fine and dialogue is crisp and clean. I think people are too easily offended by this film, it's just meant to be fun. I like that fact that the main character and her friend actually are the age their characters portray, same goes for the geek. Few things are worse than a high school film full of 25 year old actors.

The whole wedding subplot didn't seem necessary to me, it just served as a device for a 16th birthday to be forgotten.

Some people might complain its kind of shallow, teaching teenage girls happiness is all about getting the best looking boy at School to be their boyfriend.
In the film to you have to get past the image of a 24 year old man having the hots for and snogging a 15 year old girl. Samantha doesn't do much in the second half of the film, she just sort of goes home and goes to bed while the boys spend the night sorting things out.

The film feels refreshingly fun though, the 80s feels like a happier place now when life was more fun and carefree. The soundtrack is pretty amazing as are the clothes and lighting. The film takes place over basically one day.
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Legal Vampire
3.0 out of 5 stars Molly Ringwald good & charming but it is ‘The Breakfast Club’ you really need to see
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2016
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Ka Hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this Arrow release
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any fan of 80s coming of age films
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 10, 2018
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david cubitt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 26, 2020
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