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4.3 out of 5 stars
Sixteen Candles [DVD] [1984]
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on 24 March 2016
‘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 schoolgirl, who never does get a cake with 16 candles as her family are so distracted by her older sister’s wedding that they completely forget Samantha’s birthday.

There are eccentric grandparents visiting for the wedding, an annoying exchange student from the Far East, lecherous adolescent boys exaggerating their sexual exploits, drunken teenagers doing stupid things at parties, a couple of scenes involving girls’ underwear, and a boy and girl who love each other but due to various circumstances for most of the film do not realise that the feeling is mutual. All of that, I think, has also been done in other films. However, Molly Ringwald is good and charming in the lead role.

While at first I did not think she made much impression, by the end of the film I also liked Havilland Morris as the pretty blonde ‘Caroline’, who is going out with Jake, the boy Molly Ringwald’s character would like to be with, played by Michael Schoeffling. He is also good, although he has less screen time than some of the more annoying characters. Havilland Morris and Michael Schoeffling had subsequent screen acting careers but neither became a star. According to Wikipedia, Havilland Morris is now the American equivalent of an Estate Agent; Michael Schoeffling makes furniture for a living.

Like many films, ‘Sixteen Candles’ gets better as it goes along. If you persevere with it, the last part does come alive, but it is ‘The Breakfast Club’ that you really need to see.
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on 5 July 2017
given as a gift to stir memories ,fulfilled its promise
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on 31 October 2017
Would have been humorous if not for being so dated, sexist and misogynistic, with a yawn-worthy story line; as the cover photo implies 'geeky' boy hankers after girl who hankers after 'prom-king' type boy. Poor acting too although Molly Ringwald and Paul Dooley weren't bad.
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on 28 August 2017
great film
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on 19 November 2017
thanks
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on 17 October 2017
One of the best from the 80's. Classic, thank you:-)
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on 8 June 2017
Item came as described. Case was wrapped in cellophane.
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on 13 March 2017
love it.
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on 15 September 2014
Love 80s movies!!!!
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on 15 June 2014
I loved this film when I watched it as a teenager in the 80's! I noticed it was on TV one night so I got my teenage daughter to watch it and she loved it. I bought it for her on DVD as she wanted to take it on one of her many sleepovers for her and her friends to watch!

The story centres around the fact that every single family member in Samantha's family (including Grandparents!) have forgotten it's her 16th birthday owing to the fact they are too busy getting ready for her sister wedding.

Samantha has a crush on 'cool guy' Jake. But he's a Senior and he has a beautiful girlfriend so she thinks there is no way he would notice her. But Jake's relationship isn't as happy as she has assumed and he starts to notice her and become intrigued by her at a school dance.

This is a really funny film with some hilarious characters. Molly Ringwald excels as she did in all the films she starred in written and directed by the late John Hughes. Anthony Michael Hall (at one time he and Molly were real life boyfriend and girlfriend!) is also great as the 'Geek'. The wedding scene where her sister takes some muscle relaxants before she walks down the aisle was hilarious!

When I rewatched this, it was just as funny as first time around and my daughter also loved it, so it stands the test of time. A sweet rom/com before the 'rom/com' tag existed! I loved the ending - so sweet!
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