Sixteen Candles

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Sixteen Candles
Sixteen Candles
  • PG
  • 1h 32m
  • 1984
Fresh87%
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It's Samantha Baker's Sweet Sixteen and no one in her family remembers the important occasion. John Hughes, the writer of National Lampoon's Vacation, shows how coming-of-age can be full of surprises in this warm-hearted teenage comedy starring Molly Ringwald. She's your average teen, enduring creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the Big Blonde on Campus who stands between her and the boy of her dreams. But wait...the day isn't over yet! This sparkling film features a dynamic score, and outstanding performances by Paul Dooley, Emmy® winner Blanche Baker and Oscar® nominee Justin Henry.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh87%
Critics Consensus: Significantly more mature than the teen raunch comedies that defined the era, Sixteen Candles is shot with compassion and clear respect for his characters and their hang-ups.
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Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

There's also a darkly handsome high school heartbreak kid (Michael Schoeffling), a merciful brisk...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Derek Adams
Fresh

Sly humour and an appreciative ear for the demotic improv of teenage chat completes an attractive...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sixteen Candles is John Hughes' hilarious '80s high school comedy that has both sharply observed moments and now-dated stereotypes. Although it's rated PG (it was released before the PG-13 option existed), this is an adult comedy with teen characters. The teens drink, have sex, and talk about birth control; in one scene, it's implied that a guy had sex with a girl while she was passed-out drunk. Parents may want to exercise caution with more impressionable kids, and especially preteens or younger. But this smart exploration of adolescent life will be fun for teens and adults.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:May 5, 1984
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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