At the Movies: "Sixteen Candles"|
BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer
"SIXTEEN CANDLES" is a youth movie that somehow succeeds despite its
The paper-thin plot centers on Samantha and her miserable
day: Her parents forget her 16th birthday; her bust refuses
to grow; she is pestered at the high school prom by a wimp
called The Geek; she is overlooked by the handsome boy she
adores from afar.
John Hughes wrote and directed "Sixteen Candles" with a flair
for slapstick and touching scenes. The truce between Samantha
and the Geek is sweet and funny, as is a late-night
But most of the parents are nitwits, the grandparents are
certifiable nerds and the teen-agers rarely escape
The music is laid on with a trowel: the "Dragnet" music for
portentous moments, "The Godfather" theme for a Mafia family.
Molly Ringwald, who played John Cassavetes' daughter in "The
Tempest," is endearing as the beleaguered Samantha, despite
some overly vulgar dialogue. Anthony Michael Hall is totally
winning as The Geek _ he's a teen-age Jack Lemmon.
The rating is PG, with brief shower nudity, pot smoking and
boozing by the teen-agers and rough language.