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Sixteen Candles (1984)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 4 May 1984 (USA)
A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special, as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

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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. Written by Rick Munoz <rick.munoz@his.com>

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This is Samantha Baker and today is her 16th birthday. The problem is, nobody remembers. See more »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$4,461,520, 6 May 1984, Wide Release

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$23,686,027
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On September 18, 2016, when television Writer Alan Yang won an Emmy for Master of None (2015), he bemoaned the historical dearth and negativity of Asian-American representation on television and in movies, and in his acceptance speech, he specifically named "Long Duk Dong" as a low point in that history: "There's seventeen million Asian-Americans in this country, and seventeen million Italian-Americans. They have The Godfather (1972), Goodfellas (1990), Rocky (1976), and The Sopranos (1999). We've got Long Duk Dong. So we have a long way to go. But I know we can get there, I believe in us, it's just gonna take a lot of hard work." See more »

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As The Geek enters the Rolls-Royce for the picture with Caroline, he opens the driver-side door and pushes the seat-back forward. In the next shot, the seat-back has already returned to position as The Geek flops into the rear seat. See more »

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The Geek: I know I came on kinda like a poozer on the bus tonight and everything. But... that's just so my friends won't think, you know, I'm a jerk.
Samantha: But they're all pretty much jerks, though, aren't they?
The Geek: Yeah, but, the thing is, I'm kinda like the leader, you know? Kinda like the king of the dipshits.
Samantha: Well, that's pretty cool. Hey, but a lot can happen over a year. I mean, you could come back next Fall as a completely normal person.
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The final copyright notice misspells "liabiltiy." See more »

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Referenced in Full House: 13 Candles (1990) See more »

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Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry
Written by Ellie Greenwich, Anthony Powers and Phil Spector
Performed by Darlene Love
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The eighties were great weren't they
12 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Films like Sixteen Candles personify what the eighties was all about. And if you were a child of the 80s, you will probably identify with this film a lot more than the now younger generation. The story is simple enough, but it works so well. Molly Ringwald is particularly likeable in this, and she is almost irreplaceable in her part. There are heaps of familiar faces, including small parts from many of the present day 'movie stars' ie John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz. It's kind of daggy though, and when you tell people you watched it their response is usually "Oh My God. That is so OLD." But that's what I like about it. If you want to watch a film that reflects the eighties, forget the nostalgia trips of The Wedding Singer and Romy and Michelle. Hire a true eighties product, such as Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, St Elmo's Fire.... The list goes on and on.


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