85. Sixteen Candles


Movie: Sixteen Candles

Release Date: May 4, 1984

Director: John Hughes

Starring: Molly Ringwald, Paul Dooley, Justin Henry, Anthony Michael Hall.

Tag Lines: “This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers.”

“16 Candles. And you’re invited to the party.”

“Turning sixteen isn’t easy, when you’ve fallen in love…for the first time.”

“It’s the time of your life that may last a lifetime.”

“When you’re just sixteen anything can happen!”

Relevance: DISCLAIMER: Yesterday at about 3:47 pm in the afternoon, we had what seemed to be a tornado like thunderstorm zoom through our neighborhood. There were trees, bushes and powerlines (oh my) strewn throughout the streets of my town. Thus, we lost power for twenty-nine hours. It’s now late. I’m tired. This blog entry will be brief.

‘Sixteen Candles’ was released in May of 1984. I was not sixteen, I was only thirteen, but I still went to see it with a friend when it played in theaters. Like most John Hughes films, it seemed the perfect representation of what I was going through in real life, just funnier and with prettier people. The high school drama, the geeks, the jocks, the trying to fit in and failing miserably were all well represented perfectly. I loved the film and I laughed a lot throughout it. I also remember my friend being worried that Michael Schoeffling was going to burn his testicles on the cake in the last scene. We were thirteen, so we laughed about that scenario the entire way home.

The movie eventually became a family favorite after renting it as well as watching it over and over again when it aired on HBO. My father, mother and sister all loved it just as much as I did. My mother “cackled” a few times throughout the film and the rest of us would quote it non-stop for months after seeing it. It was a movie that always seemed to be playing and always put us in great spirits.

‘Sixteen Candles’ got decent reviews and was a moderate hit at the box office, but it has since become a cult classic and one of John Hughes’ most memorable films. I own it on DVD and I never tire of it. As mentioned before on this blog numerous times, I am a huge fan of the 1980’s, and no one captures that decade better than Mr. Hughes.

Today’s Thoughts: “I can’t believe I gave my panties to a geek.”

Due to the aforementioned power outage, I will continue to be brief. I was finally able to watch ‘Sixteen Candles’ tonight around 9pm just as the power surged back on. I almost missed my movie for the day, but thankfully I made it just before the buzzer. And by buzzer, I mean the chimes of midnight.

This is the third John Hughes’ directed film on my list of most influential movies of all time (see 285. Weird Science and 91. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). Although it isn’t my favorite as he has two more yet to show up in the top one hundred, ‘Sixteen Candles’ is simply a classic 1980’s film that I will always cherish. After the lack of electricity over the last two days, it was refreshing to watch something that I cherish so much. The direction, the story and the incredible cast all make this a fun, charming, sweet and hysterical nostalgic film. Sure, there is date rape and stereotypes of Asian people, and a few more offensive arcs to deal with, but welcome to 1984. I’m not saying it was okay, it was just a different time back then. (And it’s late. I don’t feel like debating it right at the moment.)

‘Sixteen Candles’ will always have a special place in my heart. It made me laugh out loud just as much tonight as it has every time I watch it. I mean, Joan Cusack alone gets me every single time. Not to mention that dramatic walk down the aisle by Blanche Baker while being accompanied on the church organ by the one and only Zelda Rubenstein. I mean, what other movie can cause that glorious sentence? ‘Sixteen Candles’ will always get sixteen enthusiastic thumbs up!

Ways to Watch: YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime, DVD Availability.


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