Sixteen Candles – A short review by Daniel Prinn

Sixteen Candles

Release Date: May 4, 1984

Director: John Hughes

Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry

Runtime: 93 min

Tagline: 16 candles. And you’re invited to the party.

It isn’t a good John Hughes film. It’s a really good John Hughes film.

Samantha Baker is an average suburban girl, who just turned sixteen. With the whole chaos of her older sister’s wedding, no one in her family remembered her birthday. Samantha is also trying to get the attention of Jake Ryan, the alpha senior, who she doesn’t think she could ever get.

The character of Samantha shares the screen with other main characters, like Long Duk Dong, the prom queen, and The Geek (a.k.a. Farmer Ted) and his posse of nerds (played by Darren Harris and John Cusack).

Samantha Baker is a pretty good character, but not overly memorable, she is probably one of the least memorable of the ensemble. Long Duk Dong, the Chinese (or Japanese) foreign exchange student is the most memorable character, he’s just hilarious.

The film is greatly directed, and quite enjoyable. It’s another Hughes 80s comedy classic.

80/100

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