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  • Summary: Nothing seems to be going right for Samantha (Ringwald) on her sixteenth birthday. Her family forgets her birthday, she's in love with the school jock who doesn't seem to know she exists and the school nerd won't leave her alone.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Molly Ringwald is radiant here as the eternal teen looking for love.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    The premise is ordinary, but the film is distinguished by funny gags and excellent performances by Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.
  3. 75
    This is a fresh and cheerful movie with a goofy sense of humor and a good ear for how teenagers talk.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Screenwriter John Hughes, making his directing debut, is at his best when he empathizes with the sensitivity in the ugly-duckling Ringwald and Hall characters. [04 May 1984]
  5. There are individual sequences alternately amusing and touching. [08 May 1984]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Hall is very funny as the energetic adolescent pest and a good supporting cast includes the Cusack sibings John and Joan.
  7. 30
    Hughes invokes the classical unities of time, place, and plot symmetry, yet he trashes his careful structure every time he needs a gag - destroying the integrity of his characters, shattering the plausibility of his situations.

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  1. Sep 1, 2011
    You can see that a lot of teen comedy tradition is created in this film. The nerdy hero, the young and misunderstood girl, the hunk thats going to steal her heart, even the cheesy and overused soundtrack; a lot has been taken from Sixteen Candles. I cannot believe that saying **** and showing completely nude women was considered PG back in 84, the film simply deserves an R rating. With all this said its still just a basic plot and nothing really special to offer. Expand