Sixteen Candles
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"High school is high school no matter what the date, and Hughes ensures that the constancies of that age remain unchanged."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"A high school film just smart enough to be special and bad enough that it could be improved upon."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This funny, unpretentious film marked writer John Hughes's first time out as a director. The premise is ordinary, but the film is distinguished by funny gags and excellent performances."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As the girl, Molly Ringwald is natural and appealing, but she's lost in a world of blunt, vicious caricatures."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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
"The plotting is crude and haphazard, but the dialogue is amusing and the cast is appealing."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy."
‑ Randy White, Common Sense Media
"The first effort by writer/director John Hughes on his way to becoming the William Shakespeare of teenage angst. One really has to be aware of the climate of the early '80s to truly understand the impact that this film had among teens."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive package."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Some of the material works marvelously well, but the stuff that doesn't takes the movie down with it."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"...a sporadically amusing yet hopelessly uneven endeavor that simply isn't in the same league as Hughes' later classics."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Candles is a brazenly mischievous, consistently uproarious comedy that christens the devastating Hughes-fu with vivacious results."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Broad, bubbly, and kind of adorable."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
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