Friday, November 8, 2013

Movie Review: "Sixteen Candles" (1984)

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Movie"Sixteen Candles"
Director: John Hughes
Year: 1984
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Samantha Baker's (Molly Ringwald) 16th birthday happens to be on the same day of her older sister's wedding. With all of the chaos in preparing for said wedding, Samantha's entire family forgets her sweet sixteen. She has to deal with her grandparents staying in her room before the wedding (even answering he phone calls), a Geek (Anthony Michael Hall) who is obsessed with her, and an off-the-wall foreign exchange student named Long Duck Dong (Gedde Wantanabe) making her life a living hell, all while she is trying to to get Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) to notice her.

What a dick move by Sam's sister to schedule her wedding during her sister's birthday! I'd be pissed!

This is your classic 80's teen movie by John Hughes. It's hilarious and has that suburban comedic feel that Hughes' movies often bring. It takes place over one day in Samantha's life where a bunch of crazy stuff happens to her. Some may think of this movie as "dated," but we don't. All of the typical 80's nuances adds to its charm, and it's still just as funny as it was the first time we saw it. Some of the most comedic moments in this movie comes from supporting actors (the grandparents, The Nerd, Long Duck Dong, the dad, etc). It's funny that the actors put in small supporting roles are now the biggest stars in to come out of the film: John and Joan Cusack. John Cusack goes from playing a second-string nerd in this movie to a handsome leading man in others (and presently one of the most handsome, wonderful, suave, amazing men in Hollywood, according to Lolo (PS: LLOYD DOBBLER FOREVER)).

Overall, this movie is really great, fun to watch even now, and a cute romantic comedy that will always have a place on our shelf.

My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 86%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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