Sixteen Candles VHS
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VHS TAPE. 1 hour, 33 minutes, color. This is one of John Hughes' biggest hits. It features one of the best teenage actresses of the time, Molly Ringwold, and has excellent support from Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, and a precociously young Anthony Michael Hall, playing the dweeb of dweebs, long before he found a remarkable success called "The Dead Zone." Our girl Molly has just turned 16 and nobody in her family has a clue. They've forgotten this seminal date in any girl's life. But her day of days isn't over yet, and she just might have a surprise for herself in the process.
Molly 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 high school hunk, and pursued by a sawed-off Lothario. Sixteen Candles marked the directing debut of John Hughes, and its goofy energy displayed a promising talent with a great ear for high school lingo ... a promise neglected since Hughes became, after Home 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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Until you put on John Hughes "Sixteen Candles" and, for a little less than two hours, you can recapture that magic for just a bit. And you remember how simultaneously awful and wonderful that time was. You remember having a crush. You remember the social awkwardness, or the weird moments when somehow, you ended up on top. You remember when music... dancing was everything. And even if you were a Jake Ryan or a Farmer Ted, you could have your moment in the sun. And, if you were a girl, no matter how pretty, popular, mousy or ignored - you were all Sam sometime.
I miss John Hughes, and I miss my teenage years - but I'm glad I lived through a time where I once had both, and now I'm a lucky and happy adult who can appreciate what I once had and I can still look forward to everything to come.
Anthony Michael Hall's character has "the hots" for Molly Ringwald's character, and she has a very low self esteem. The weekend, of the "sweet sixteen" birthday of Ringwald's character, just happened to be the weekend that her older sister was getting married. Her parents' house was full of relatives, including a foreign exchange student (who was a very funny character) whom her grandparents brought. None of them remembered her birthday. The school dance is the following day after the arrival of the relatives, and the evening prior to her sister's wedding. At the dance she gets the attention of not only Hall's character, but also the attention of the hunky rich guy. Ringwald's character was oblivious to the hunky rich guy being attracted to her, but Hall's character is a total pest, and hilarious! The evening ends up with a party at the rich hunk's house and total mayhem. Her sister's wedding the following day was a hilarious mess due to the bride taking too many pills for cramps.
Well, good news. The newest Blu-ray release restores the original music, featured in the theatrical release. Additionally, the Universal 100th Anniversary Blu-ray includes DVD and digital copies. Decent picture and sound, too (certainly better than previous releases). My only, minor complaint are the extras. Hence, the four, instead of five star rating. The interviews are okay (I personally could've used less of Diablo Cody). No theatrical trailers or ads, no making-of documentaries, no commentaries and no archival interviews with John Hughes. But otherwise, this classic teen comedy still holds-up. Enjoy!!!