Sixteen Candles (PG/R) - 1984 - Runtime: 93 minutes
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling
Director: John Hughes
Yeah, I've only caught bits and pieces of this movie on TV and when I told Maggie that I haven't actually seen this movie, she freaked! In fact, we've been sharing a long running joke about how our mothers don't think we're dorks. She thought I knew the reference, but in actuality I didn't. I was a liar and she called me out on it. So we had to go and pick this one up. I'd have to say it's pretty awesome!
It's Samantha Baker's sixteenth birthday, but no one seems to notice, even her family. It's her sister's wedding that weekend and she's become invisible to everyone, except for Jake Ryan, the school stud. Needless to say, it's a fun, teen comedy/romance that everyone should watch. John Hughes is a master at showcasing teenage high school life in all its ups and downs. Molly Ringwald is pitch perfect in the role as the awkward teenager and Anthony Michael Hall is great as the geek. There's a lot of funny stuff, including Long Duk Dong, the foreign exchange student who has a thing for macho ladies. And despite its apparent 80s influence on fashion, the movie actually isn't at all that dated. The same themes of teenage angst, loneliness and rebellion still resonate today. This is a timeless classic!
The movie was great - and I'd have to say it's worth owning. However, the DVD says PG, but there is definitely boobies in this movie! The movie got an original R rating, but after an appeal, it was awarded a PG! But the DVD doesn't actually take out the nudity. It's all a bit confusing, so if you don't mind boobies (and who doesn't?) this is a great addition to your collection!
Rating: Own It!