When I saw this topic posted, I passed it over several times thinking it was too daunting of a task to pick just one classics 80s movie. Well, I had a rare quiet moment and decided to make a list of these classics. It turns out my list wasn’t quite as long as I thought it would be. So my favorite classic 80s move is … 16 Candles.
It’s hard to believe that 16 Candles is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. When 16 Candles came out I was 14. In all honestly, I vividly remember being excited to hear the curse words in the movie. Then, after seeing the movie many more times than I care to admit, I’ve gotten past the cursing parts, and enjoyed the rest of the movie.
Arguably, two of the best lines in the movie were when Sam (Molly Ringwald) says, “I can’t believe they fu..ing forgot my birthday” and the line from the grandparents “Look! She’s finally got her boobies!” I laughed so hard until I cried. Aside from the great one-liners in this classic 80s movie, this was a film about teenagers and their everyday problems. Director/Writer John Hughes proved he had a handle on what made teens tick.
The movie opens with Sam excited to be turning 16. This is supposed to be the best day of her life, but it turns out to be anything but. Her day starts off with her entire family forgetting her birthday because they’re all too wrapped up in preparing for Sam’s sister’s impending wedding to the “oily bohunk”. So Sam goes off to school hoping she’s going to have a better day. We find out, at school, that she has a huge crush on the very handsome and popular senior Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). And Jake just happens to be dating the most beautiful and popular girl at school, Caroline (Haviland Morris). Unbeknownst to Sam, Jake really isn’t happy with Caroline because he feels she’s stuck-up and is only using him. Through a twist of fate, Jake find out that Sam likes him and this intrigues Jake.
So poor Sam has a lot going on with what’s supposed to be best day of her life. She has a house full of grandparents, two of which have kicked her out of her bedroom, the crazy foreign exchange student, Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe), who came with one set of grandparents, she’s in love with Jake Ryan, who doesn’t know she exists, and she has The Geek a/k/a Farmer Ted (Anthony Michael Hall) following her around trying to get her attention and her underwear.
The movie continues to be hilarious once Sam goes to the high school dance, begrudgingly with Long Duk Dong, and has run-ins with both Jake and The Geek.
This movie is a true classic and must see 80s flick. If you’ve never seen it, then you need to and if you haven’t seen it in awhile, it’s time watch it again. Here’s a few places where this DVD is available for purchase, Bestbuy.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, cduniverse.com, sears.com