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Sixteen Candles

HD   PG Closed Captioning

John Hughes

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About the Movie

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

One of John Hughes' All-Time Best

The blurb is a bit misleading. You'll never notice the performances of Justin Henry and Blanche Baker. If you want a small part done exquisitely by an actor who hadn't yet hit it big, check out John Cusack's dorky friend to Anthony Michael Hall's pitch-perfect Farmer Ted, the most perfect annoying freshman ever. Or Joan Cusack's painfully self-conscious backbrace wearer. Or George Watanabe's over-the-top Asian stereotype that achieves sublime silliness nonetheless. Or any of a dozen other truly inspired supporting performances. But this is Molly Ringwald's movie: She inspired it, Hughes wrote it facing a photo of her, and she lifts it from teen silliness to a serious character study in comedy. Not many actresses can maintain dignity while getting felt up by her grandmother and giving her panties to the class geek, but Ringwald's Samantha is always true to herself, no matter how mortified or humiliated by circumstances. A first-rate film, and one of the best teen movies ever. If you think Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club were worth seeing more than once, you'll want this one too.

Great movie but not quite PG

I loved this movie when I was young, remembered it being totally hilarious. So I rented for my kids to see, we were all shocked by the shower nude scene. My kids all screamed and I quickly turned off the didn't even finish the film. Great funny movie, but just be warned of the shower scene.

Best. 80's. Teen. Comedy. EVER!

I miss not-so-PC, gritty coming-of-age love stories like these. Sixteen Candles is the Casablanca for the late end of Gen-X'ers! The angsty girl who has the whole world against her, the equally angsty best friend, the ultimate geek, the spastic exchange student, the queen of the popular bimbos, and of course the megahunk...this movie had it all. Cheesy new wave and 80's pop and laughable big's there too! Man we were disillusioned to learn upon growing up and leaving the 80's behind that Jake Ryan totally didn't exist (and apparently, the search party for Michael Schoeffling was even bigger than the one for Glenn Miller.) If you love teen movies and 80's flicks...this one's a must-see. BTW, It's more PG-13...too profane for PG but not racy enough for R.

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

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