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What being 16 in the 80s looks like

Thank God for ABC Family because it is showing Sixteen Candles right now. Fun!  I've seen it a million times, but I guess I can add it to my movie watch list anyway, right?

Sixteen Candles (1984)
Written & Directed by:  John Hughes
Starring:  Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling, Gedde Watanabe, John Cusack, and lots more

Poor Samantha Baker (Ringwald).  It's her sixteenth birthday, and everyone in her family has forgotten.  She has a crush on the cutest boy in school (Schoeffling, who, by the way, no longer acts), but he doesn't know she exists.  Her sister is about to get married, so of course everyone's attention is on the upcoming wedding.  Her grandparents are hosting a foreign exchange student (Watanabe), who may or may not be completely insane. Oh, and to top it all off, the biggest geek in school (Anthony Michael Hall) has cooked up a plan to make everyone think he slept with Samantha at the school dance.  So, yeah, she's having a rough day.  Hilarity ensues.

Classic teen movie. Classic 80s movie.  Classic John Hughes.  What more can I say, really?  This is probably my second favorite John Hughes film (The Breakfast Club is number one).  He was truly a genius when it came to capturing on screen what it feels like to be a teenager.  If you've never watched any of his films, you absolutely must.

Molly Ringwald is adorable, and Anthony Michael Hall steals every scene he's in.  It's nice to see how many of these then-kids went on to be successful actors as adults.  You've heard of this guy named John Cusack, right?  I think he might have done a couple of movies since the 1980s.  You know, one or two.  ;-)

Speaking of Cusack, is it wrong that I want to see Hot Tub Time Machine?  It looks completely stupid in a totally awesome way.  It's actually gotten some decent reviews (a 62% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes).

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flippet
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I've ever seen Sixteen Candles all the way through at once. My mom didn't really let me watch those movies (they were slightly 'older' than I was, and she was a prude, LOL!), but I managed to catch The Breakfast Club many times on WGN. They honestly played it at least twice a year, maybe more, being locally-made and all. It's one of my all-time favorites.


Hot Tub Time Machine looks like a what the hell were you thinking, Cusack??? kind of movie. If you see it, let me know if it's worth the trouble. :-)
13_pines
Mar. 27th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't see any of those movies until I was older, either. I love The Breakfast Club, but I haven't seen it since I was in college.

I think that's kind of the point of Hot Tub Time Machine. It's a flashback to the 80s so I think casting John Cusack was supposed to be ironic. A relic of the 80s going back in time to the 80s! He had to have had a good time making it, even if it turns out to be a piece of crap! :-)
dwhitford
Mar. 28th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
I recorded the movies tonight. I haven't seen it in years but can't wait to watch it with my 13 year old daughter. Hope she likes it as much as I did.
13_pines
Mar. 28th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
What a fun movie to share with your daughter! I hope she enjoys it! :-)
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