Sixteen Candles

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Tomatometer 84% Audience Score 85%

Release Date:

  • May 4, 1984

1h 33m | Comedy, Romance

On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday. Even worse, some total dork (Anthony Michael Hall) keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really craves romantic attention from high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Moving from Samantha's family home as it's invaded by outre relatives to a high-school dance where nothing seems to go her way, this bittersweet teen comedy traces the hopes and disappointments of not only Samantha, but also a host of incidental but memorable characters, from a hapless Japanese exchange student to a prom queen and a posse of barely pubescent nerds. A climactic party scene at which these various strata of young America overcome their rigid hierarchies sets the stage for resolutions both tender and torrid.

Director: John Hughes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Hilton A. Green
Cast: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, John Cusack, Jami Gertz, Michael Schoeffling
Writer(s): John Hughes

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