Okay I have a serious 80's jones this month, because for the second week we will look at three John Hughes Classics from the 80's.
So Sixteen Candles is a fantastic and insanely good movie from the 80's starring leader of the Brat Pack, Molly Ringwald centering around a teenage girl named Samantha whose family forgets her sixteenth birthday and her subsequent attempts to achieve romance with a high school hunk. Okay I am going to be serious here, I had no admiration or love for this movie until I saw it in it's entirety, and now I consider this one of the best films of the 1980's. It has such charm and heart, and is outrageously funny, with great characters and genius writing by John Hughes. And I hate teen movies except for the ones by John Hughes, I don't know how he does it but he just makes teen movies so damn good! I love this movie, it's not my favorite John Hughes movie but it is easily top three, maybe even top two. I can't fully explain why this film is so great, I urge you to go out and see this movie. It is well worth your time and money. I'm pretty sure every friggin' character in this movie made me have a pretty good laugh. Samantha herself starts out very bratty and very uptight, but you can completely sympathize with her and you really start to like her quick. Anthony Michael Hall plays this outrageous and hilarious geek who is an absolute ass at the beginning of this film, but as the movie goes on you like him more and more until you love him. The soundtrack....oh dear God the soundtrack! Let me tell you something, I have never ever watched a movie where the soundtrack itself makes me laugh my ass off, it's so brilliant and has perfect chosen music. And I'm serious, there is one scene in the movie that makes the whole film worthwhile and really cements it as more than just a teen movie, it's a heart to heart talk and it's very real and all too true and it's the best scene in the movie and my personal favorite scene. I can rave about this movie all day, but I will just let you go and see it for yourself. Give it a watch and see if you adore it just as much as I do.
So next week, we're reviewing my favorite John Hughes film, and it is not gonna be what you expect.