Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1984. Universal Pictures, Channel Productions. Screenplay by John Hughes. Cinematography by Bobby Byrne. Produced by Hilton A. Green. Music by Ira Newborn. Production Design by John W. Corso. Costume Design by Mark Peterson, Marla Denise Schlom. Film Editing by Edward Warschilka.
While The Breakfast Club is the most intelligent and probing of John Hughes’s teen-themed movies, Sixteen Candles is the funniest. Molly Ringwald plays a, what else, blissfully normal teenager whose sixteenth birthday happens on the weekend of her sister’s wedding, thus prompting her family to completely forget and overshadow her the whole day. At school she’s trying to get noticed by the cute boy (Michael Schoeffling) while ignoring the advances of the class geek (Anthony Michael Hall). Things all get pushed along by wild parties, family gatherings and one heck of a night on the town until the adorable conclusion, all of it kept bouncy by hysterical dialogue and memorable characters. The downsides are, as is typical with movies made in the period, offensive racial stereotyping, but otherwise the movie’s a keeper.