Sixteen Candles

Synopsis: Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): John Hughes
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

[Radio Announcer]

It looks good.

On the northwest toll,

eastbound trafflc is moving

nicely this morning...

from Beecham Road

down to River Road.

Westbound, there's now a 20-car

backup at the Devon Avenue toll.

And on the northbound l-290

extension at Thorndale Avenue,

we had a spinout there.

And that car was blocking

the right-hand lane...

and also blocking the lane

that's coming off of the, uh,

eastbound Thorndale Avenue

entrance ramp...

leading to the northbound,

uh, l-290 extension.

- This was causing a backup

to Irving Park. We have...

- [Paper Bangs Door]

[Alarm Blaring]

Come on, chop-chop.

We got relatives

invading this afternoon.

Ginny, Mike, Sara, Sam!

Come on. Everybody up!

"[Loud Rock]

Oh, I think

I have a fever.

You don't have

a fever.

Shut your face.

Make me.

[Phone Ringing]


Mike hit me!

[Mike] You liar.

Mike, come on, pal.

We got a wedding tomorrow.

Try to cooperate,

will ya?

Dad, I didn't hit her.

I'd like to very much,

and I probably will later,

but gimme a break.

You know my method.

I don't hit her when

you're just down the hall.

Pick on someone

your own size.

Open this door.

Daddy, I'm the one

getting married.


Not until tomorrow. I've got

a mouthful of toothpaste.

I happen to have

a serious problem.


She got her period.

Should make for

an interesting honeymoon, huh?

- Where are you learning

that stuff?

- School.

Good. Gettin'

my money's worth.

[Radio Announcer]

They were fantastic. Just great.

What a great crowd.

And it was so much fun...

[Man] 'It's a good thing

you don't have busfare '

'It would fall through the hole

in your pocket and you'd lose it '

'In the snow on the ground '

' You gotta walk into town

to flnd a job '

' You're trying to keep

your hands warm '


Chronologically, you're 16 today.


you're still 15.



Nope. I look exactly the same

as I have since summer.

Utterly forgettable.

No, I didn't expect

to wake up transformed.

I just thought that turning 16

would be so major...

that I'd wake up

with an improved mental state

that would show on my face.

All it shows is that I don't

have any sort of a tan left.


I better get downstairs.

My family's probably pissed off

I haven't let them wish me

happy birthday yet.

All right.

I'll see you at school.


You need four inches of bod

and a great birthday.

Where's my briefcase?


Where'd you leave it?

Don't be a smart-ass.

Okay, I'll be

a dumb-ass.


You already are.

Okay, where's Sam?


my briefcase?


Allow me, Brenda.

Hey, birth defect!


You missed breakfast again.


It wasn't my idea to give her

her own phone line.

[Sara, Mike Arguing]


Grab a doughnut.

It's small.

It's brown.

It's made of leather.

It has my initials on it.

And I believe... that's it.

[Car Horn Honking]

Don't forget the grandparents

are coming this afternoon.

Are we still having dinner

with the Rice Chex?

Rizczechs. 8:
00 at the club.

You'd better learn their names.

As of tomorrow, they're family.

That's a lovely



When it comes

your turn to get married,

do me a favor. Elope.

Who'd marry her?

Mr. T.

I'm sorry, you'll have to

buy lunch today. I didn't

have time to fix your carrots.

She's only eating carrots

to increase the size

of her breasts.

Mister, you had better

shape up, or you will miss

your sister's wedding.


Now, don't give me

that pouty look of yours.

You can eat your carrots

when you get home.

That's it?

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John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed and/or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club (1985), the coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink (1986), the romance Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), the Christmas family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). more…

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