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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

VHS Features

VHS NTSC, HiFi, Stereo

Cast

Molly RingwaldSamantha Baker
Justin HenryMike Baker
Michael SchoefflingJake Ryan
Haviland MorrisCaroline Mulford
Gedde WatanabeLong Duk Dong
Anthony Michael HallThe Geek
Paul DooleyJim Baker
Carlin GlynnBrenda Baker
Blanche BakerGinny Baker
Edward AndrewsHoward Baker
Billie BirdDorothy Baker
Carole CookGrandma Helen
Max ShowalterGrandpa Fred
Liane CurtisRandy
John CusackBryce
Joan CusackGeek Girl #1
Brian Doyle-MurrayReverend
Jami GertzRobin

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Satire/Parody/Comedy
  • Director: John Hughes
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 93 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 4, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 17, 2000
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