Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

DVD - 2008
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Samantha Baker is ready to make the most of her sweet sixteenth birthday, but only if someone, anyone from her family would just remember it. For her birthday, she has to endure creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the beauty who stands in the way of the boy of her dreams.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: DVD edition Widescreen Flashback edition.
Branch Call Number: 791.4361 SIXTEEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: 16 candles

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Movie released: 4th May 1984. A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. (www.imdb.com)


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IndyPL_DeborahM Jul 29, 2019

It is a great movie that speaks to the heart of teenage culture.

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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

What a classic movie that almost every teenage girl (from now and of the 80's) can relate to. Hopefully none of you will ever go through the humility of having your sixteenth birthday forgotten, but here, it works. John Hughes simply amazed me with his uncanny insight into teens of 1984, and some of the same things that I said in high school are uttered here. Back then, I didn't "get" a lot of the references to sex that this movie includes, but that's probably because I was focusing on the romance of it. Still, it's surprising how "rough" the movie is in regards to sex references and language. The language used here isn't as harsh as the language in the Breakfast Club, but sadly the sex references tend to drag the movie down a bit. Hopefully that won't stop you from enjoying this classic Molly Ringwald film, though

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P58Jackson
May 20, 2018

Okay, not great. Some interesting young Anthony Michael Hall. Perhaps too cliché in most aspects. Parts somewhat move along in what should be a positive way; though later, doesn't really make sense. Quite a few things left hanging, which in some movies is quite appropriate, as movie is at a logical end. Probably the case in this movie, no real point in going further, even though pretty much everything is left up in the air.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 23, 2017

This movie is actually one of my favourite 80’s films and stars Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, and John Cusack. Samantha is a teenage girl who is turning sixteen, but with her sister’s wedding coming up and her family being busy, they all forget that it is her birthday. To make matters worse, she’s interested in a senior but the only guy interested in her is a nerdy guy named Ted. I found this movie actually pretty relatable even though it was made so long ago, and felt that the acting and storyline was pretty well done. I would rate this classic movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like Molly Ringwald’s earlier movies.
- @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This classic 80's movie chronicles the life of teenage girl Samantha Baker, played by the 80's icon Molly Ringwald. In this movie, it is Samantha's sixteenth birthday, however absolutely no one in her family remembers it. To make things worse, she also has a huge crush on this upperclassman who doesn't even know that she exists. This movie beautifully and hilariously captures what it feels like to be a teenager and how sometimes it really does feel like it is the end of the world. People of all ages will love this film for its incredible casting, scripting, and execution which makes it feel more like a documentary than a film. 
- @Moviecritquer01 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sixteen Candles is yet another fantastic, classic 80’s teen movie from John Hughes, starring the 80’s icon Molly Ringwald. It is about a girl who is turning 16 but none of her family remembers her birthday, and to make matters worse, she has a huge crush on a guy who barely even notices her. John Hughes perfectly captures teenagers lives which is so different from the over-the-top, extravagant, and unrealistic teen high-school movies today. He truly knows how to create relatable characters who go through real situations and feelings that teenagers go through. It is nice to see teenage characters who do not look or act like 25 year old models. I would recommend this film for sure and rate it 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Matinee
Apr 27, 2017

This is a fun '80s classic. The humor is over-the-top, and Sixteen Candles and Weird Science are more teenage sex comedies than the other movies John Hughes wrote; it's not a favorite genre of mine, but I have a lot of nostalgia for these movies. I think Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and the rarely-seen Michael Schoeffling were perfectly cast in this. Watch for John Cusack in one of his earliest roles as Bryce. Sixteen Candles is rated PG, though it would probably be rated at least PG-13 today.

Library_Jill Apr 18, 2017

A Brat Pack classic about a just-turned-sixteen-year-old and the romantic and family angst that color two days of her life as her family forgets her birthday, her older sister prepares to be married, and a high-school dance turns into one wild party with surprising results. I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but I found it to be a lot funnier and more engaging than I expected. My husband and I also had a chuckle about how the rating system has changed over the years--it's hard to believe that this movie would have been rated only PG if it was in theaters today...

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mooooks
Mar 10, 2016

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

I watch this at least a few times a year. John Hughes can do no wrong. One of the best teen classics for sure. You must watch this!

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emma964
Aug 30, 2015

i really could of done without the scene about the sister's period.

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DaisyCosh
May 20, 2015

Created in 1984, the story of "Sixteen Candles" follows Samantha Baker, a teenage girl who is in love with the most popular guy in school. To make her life a little more complicated, her parents forget her sixteenth birthday and she is now being harassed by the high school geek. When her grandparents show up for her sister's wedding and bring a foreign exchange student with them, things become downright chaotic. There are a lot of likable elements in "Sixteen Candles". For example, the main character isn't a traditional blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty; she is the average teen girl, gawky in some ways, and played expertly by Brat Pack mainstay Molly Ringwald. The writing is great. It is funny and realistic in its diction. Writer/director John Hughes understood teenagers in a timeless way. He also responded to the raging hormones of adolescence by refusing to shy away. He walks that fine line of being appropriate and being realistic. However, at times, "Sixteen Candles" feels too much like a fairy tale with its far-fetched stream of events. Relationships are stretched and contorted like elastic bands to fit a happy ending. Still, the overall feel of a day in the life of a typical sixteen-year-old girl feels spot-on, which, in my opinion, matters the most. "Sixteen Candles" won't be receiving a perfect score from me, but I enjoyed the insightful writing. The directing wasn't too shabby either, especially since it was a directorial debut. It's actually a credit to John Hughes that this film is considered a classic. Hughes takes us on a roller-coaster ride of fun with romance, comedy, and just a touch of teen melodrama. "Sixteen Candles" makes for a very entertaining watch, enjoyable by all -- old or young, boy or girl.

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Slys65ss
Apr 23, 2015

The ultimate teen classic. I don't care how old you are or which generation you grew up in. This movie will stand the test of time! It's a must-see!

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"We're in the parking lot next to my church." "You own a church?"

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"We're in the parking lot next to my church." "You own a church?"

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britprincess1
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"She's cranked for you. I told her you asked about her, right? The girl freaked. She had a hissy. She thinks you're the cat's meow!"

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Jun 17, 2013

"We've got seventy dollars and a pair of girl's underpants. We're safe as kittens."

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britprincess1
Jun 17, 2013

Sam Baker: "Donger's here for five hours, and he's got somebody. I live here my whole life and I'm like a disease."

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DaisyCosh
May 20, 2015

Other: The depictions of Long Duck Dong, while used for comic purposes, would be considered racist by today's standards.

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DaisyCosh
May 20, 2015

Coarse Language: A single f-bomb is dropped. Homophobic slurs are used infrequently. Some mild cussing is used throughout.

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DaisyCosh
May 20, 2015

Sexual Content: Sexual innuendo runs throughout the film. Teenagers have casual and frank discussions regarding sex. There is a brief scene of female nudity.

bookgeek101 Jan 20, 2013

Coarse Language: Swearing throughout by main characters.

bookgeek101 Jan 20, 2013

Sexual Content: Nudity, panties are seen, a boy and girl talk about doing it, and innuendos throughout the movie.

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