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Sixteen Candles

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John Hughes

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Plot Summary

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.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Most of the the movie is cheerful and light, showcasing Mr. Hughes's knack for remembering all those aspects of middle-class American adolescent behavior that anyone else might want to forget. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: There's also a darkly handsome high school heartbreak kid (Michael Schoeffling), a merciful brisk pace, some quick humor (visual and verbal), and a solid music track. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A sweet and funny movie about two of the worst things that can happen to a girl on her sixteenth birthday. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive package. – Derek Adams, Time Out, Aug 17, 2007

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Customer Reviews


this movie is great.. all john hughe's movies are amazing, it's great because it's soooo true. about a 15 year-old girl going through ups and downs of high school, and on top of that it's funny. anthony michael hall is hilarious!!


this was a great film that has a great concept and has great acting!


One of the best movies I have seen in my life. Shaped and influenced my teen years. If you like breakfast club you will like this just as much.

Sixteen Candles
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1984

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