Sixteen Candles

dir. John Hughes

Sixteen Candles

dir. John Hughes

Sixteen Candles

dir. John Hughes

Sixteen Candles

dir. John Hughes

Sixteen Candles

dir. John Hughes

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Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall were launched to teen-movie stardom by John Hughes' wildly irreverent directorial debut.
Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) is having a very bad day. It's her sixteenth birthday and her whole family has forgotten. The boy she likes doesn't seem to know she exists. A boy she definitely doesn't like (Anthony Michael Hall) is trying to get her into bed to win a bet. She is forced to take a very unusual exchange student to the school dance. And all anybody cares about is her sister's wedding the next day. John Hughes' directorial debut brilliantly takes the all-too-familiar teenage feeling of being second best, blows it up to massive scale and lets it play out to wildly comic effect. In their first of many appearances in Hughes films, Ringwald and Hall are already pitch-perfect and instantly recognizable as the almost-dream girl and lovable geek — and watch for a young John and Joan Cusack as well!

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    • John Hughes