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Sixteen Candles
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Directed By
John Hughes

Written By:
John Hughes

Molly Ringwald, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling, Haviland Morris, Gedde Watanabe, Anthony Michael Hall, Paul Dooley, Carlin Glynn, Blanche Baker, Edward Andrews, Carole Cook, Max Showalter, Liane Curtis, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Brian Doyle-Murray, Jami Gertz, Zelda Rubinstein, Billie Bird

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Sixteen Candles (1984)
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Movie Review by Zara
March 13th, 2007

Everyone loves a redhead.

I should know. I gave birth to one and from that first day, dubbed "Red" by the nursing staff and held up at the nursery window for the big brother and sister tour of the hospital, my little Midget has been getting love from all over.

John Hughes is just another one of an army of redhead lovers, casting Molly Ringwald in the first of many movies, turning her the biggest female star of the '80's. Here she plays the young girl who has her birthday overlooked by a family preoccupied with her more popular (and blonde) older sister's wedding.

The charm of this movie lies partly in the draw of that red hair and the remainder rests on the shoulders of the side characters. One of the most memorable characters in all of cinema is Long Duck Dong, the Japanese exchange student that Molly's grandparents bring with them on their stay for the nuptuals.

Hooking up with the big girl at the high school and gaining the nickname "The Donger," I haven't met a person from my generation who hasn't quoted something that he said. A broad stereotype that gets overlooked for the sheer fact that he's so damn funny. (Made even funnier by the fact that Watanabe talks like a kid that grew up in the San Fernando Valley.)

I can understand how there might be people younger than me who don't understand the appeal of the movie. It might just be cool for me because I was there and close to that age when it was first popular. Watching it is like looking back on my younger years. And how well it was captured is enough to make it a classic in my eyes.

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