The newest Blu-ray release restores the original music, featured in the theatrical release. Now, before we get into the fundamentals of how you can watch 'Sixteen Candles' right now, here are some details about the Universal Pictures comedy flick. Okay, so I'm an 80's junkie to say the least. Samantha's life is going downhill fast. Finding a streaming service to buy, rent, download, or watch the John Hughes-directed movie via subscription can be challenging, so we here at Moviefone want to do the heavy lifting. I miss John Hughes, and I miss my teenage years - but I'm glad I lived through a time where I once had both, and now I'm a lucky and happy adult who can appreciate what I once had and I can still look forward to everything to come.
Well, kid - you go your wish. 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. You probably already know what the movie's about, but just in case. This movie has aged well. We're older now - ever so much more old than being a teenager.
But otherwise, this classic teen comedy still holds-up. This sparkling film features a dynamic score, and outstanding performances by Paul Dooley, Emmy winner Blanche Baker and Oscar nominee Justin Henry. I remember I first watched it on Netflix, after watching Pretty in Pink for the first time with my sister. And even if you were a Jake Ryan or a Farmer Ted, you could have your moment in the sun. Hence, the four, instead of five star rating.
Samantha pines for studly older boy Jake Michael Schoeffling , but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior. It's not so bad, but you don't realize that you don't stay a teen forever - and those overwhelming feelings of having a crush or being in love. Not that you don't love and love well as an adult, but there's that sense of urgency you have as a kid that you can't duplicate no matter how hard you try. Ringwald's character was oblivious to the hunky rich guy being attracted to her, but Hall's character is a total pest, and hilarious! The interviews are okay I personally could've used less of Diablo Cody. The school dance is the following day after the arrival of the relatives, and the evening prior to her sister's wedding. 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.
Her parents' house was full of relatives, including a foreign exchange student who was a very funny character whom her grandparents brought. So much so if I could find Kevin Flynn, I'd go to The Grid! I recently chose to watch this film with my wife; it reminds us of when we were kids. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! It also has it's heart filled moments especially when Jake waits for her outside of the church, makes me want to see it again! 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. Her sister's wedding the following day was a hilarious mess due to the bride taking too many pills for cramps. Even more hilarious to me now than it was back then. Decent picture and sound, too certainly better than previous releases. It's Samantha Baker's Sweet Sixteen and no one in her family remembers the important occasion.
My only, minor complaint are the extras. No theatrical trailers or ads, no making-of documentaries, no commentaries and no archival interviews with John Hughes. At the dance she gets the attention of not only Hall's character, but also the attention of the hunky rich guy. This teen movie from the '80's is still as funny as it was back then! These characters were older than us when it was released, but there was this immense sense of longing from us kids who were just a few years younger - we wanted to be older. . 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.
See, that's the rub of that wish - when you get older, you keep getting older. Just be ready - a few scenes might be just a tad too risqué for youngsters but compared to todays films this is a walk in the park without the excessive harsh language or sexuality. None of them remembered her birthday. I think of all the 80s movies I grew up watching, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Goonies were my favorites. This film is the type of sweet, funny,This-will-only-happen-in-movies, type of movie.
The evening ends up with a party at the rich hunk's house and total mayhem. I imagine feeling awkward, being forced to navigate the various cliques, daydreaming of a popular guy or girl…pretty close to everyone's experience at some stage of their young lives. So, I would encourage any 80's fan to grab this one! Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted Anthony Michael Hall , the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her. Sixteen candles should speak to kids today much the same as it did to my generation X, because don't we all wade through the same high school waters? Great to watch with the kids and even grand kids. And, if you were a girl, no matter how pretty, popular, mousy or ignored - you were all Sam sometime. You remember the social awkwardness, or the weird moments when somehow, you ended up on top.
I just watched my BluRay last night and did not find one song out of place. Original songs were either replaced with other songs or eliminated, altogether. You remember having a crush. It is one of the many teen angst movies of the era but a very memorial one. And you remember how simultaneously awful and wonderful that time was. . .
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