Film
SIXTEEN CANDLES
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SIXTEEN CANDLES

John Hughes had the magical ability to transform ordinary teenage life into something extraordinary, and no film more exemplifies that gift than SIXTEEN CANDLES. Molly Ringwald is utterly relatable as Samantha Baker, whose problems include a crush on a taken (and I mean really taken) boy named Jake Ryan and a family who completely forgets her birthday. From the freshman nerd (brilliantly played by Anthony Michael Hall) to the hot senior (the enigmatic Michael Schoeffling), the characters in this film are clichés stripped down to their most basic truth, then layered with earnest angst and authentic humor. SIXTEEN CANDLES masterfully captures the reality of high school while still offering the dream of a happy ending. (Sarah Pitre)

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