->''"I don't believe it: They fucking forgot my birthday."''
-->-- '''Samantha Baker'''

''Sixteen Candles'' is a 1984 film written and directed by Creator/JohnHughes, the first of his teen comedies.

Creator/MollyRingwald stars as Samantha "Sam" Baker, a girl facing numerous emotional challenges on her sixteenth birthday. Her family, focused on the wedding of her older sister, Ginny, forgets her birthday; she's in love with senior Jake Ryan, who she thinks doesn't know she exists; and she's pursued by a geeky freshman, Ted (Anthony Michael Hall).

Not to be confused with ''Film/SixteenWishes'' -- even though that movie does, indeed, have sixteen candles.

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!! ''Sixteen Candles'' provides examples of:

* ACupAngst: Sam. Her brother, Mike remarks that she's eating carrots to "increase the size of her breasts." Sam throws her pen at him. Later, she says about her bridesmaid dress: "I don't have one tenth of the bod to fill the stupid bust up." It doesn't help that her grandparents shamelessly mock her lack of development.
-->'''Helen:''' Look, Fred, she's gotten her boobies!
-->'''Fred:''' I better go get my magnifying glass.
-->'''Helen:''' Oh, and they are so ''perky!'' *grope*
* {{Adorkable}}:
** Ted is a geeky freshman with no social skills who repeatedly harasses Sam, but he's so earnestly determined that Sam eventually relents and lets him talk to her (and gives him her panties).
** Long Duk Dong is described by his new girlfriend from the school dance as "sweet." Sam is disgusted.
--->'''Sam:''' Donger's here for five hours, and he's got somebody. I live here my whole life, and I'm like a disease.
* AmusingInjuries: Joan Cusack wears a neck brace. Her attempts to drink from a water fountain and a can of beer are PlayedForLaughs. Sam's sister's period pain, for which she has to take muscle relaxants, is also presented as funny.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Sam's brother, Mike, who cheerfully mocks her and everyone else and is more worldly than their parents are comfortable with.
-->'''Sam:''' Mike thinks I'm a dork.
-->'''Sam's dad:''' Mike ''is'' a dork.
* BettyAndVeronica: Jake Ryan is dating Caroline (Veronica) but spends most of the movie trying to hook up with sweet Sam (Betty). On the other hand, we only see Caroline for two days, in which she has to cope with her boyfriend completely ignoring her. Whereas Sam spends that time pining for someone who's already taken, and gives her underwear to a mean boy she's only just met... so it's really up to the viewer to decide who's the Betty and who's the Veronica.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Ted, in the car, after Caroline (drunk to the point of passing out) puts her head in his lap.
-->'''Ted:''' [[DudeShesLikeInAComa This... is getting good.]]
* ButtMonkey: The movie doesn't pull any punches in showing teens in humiliating situations.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Caroline is far beyond the point of consent when she has sex with Ted, and may not even realise he's not Jake.
* DysfunctionalFamily: The Bakers mean well, but they all (including grandparents and possibly other family attending the wedding) forget their sixteen year old daughter's birthday until well into the night. Also, did you notice that there is a youngest daughter? In the bonus features for the flashback edition DVD, Diablo Cody (Writer of ''Film/{{Juno}}'') observes of Sara Baker that, "She is gonna have some therapy bills."
* ExtravertedNerd: Ted is doggedly persistent in his pursuit of Sam, to the degree that he seems like a badly trained puppy who won't leave her alone.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The movie takes place over less than two days.
* ForgottenBirthday: While the film is framed around Sam's forgotten birthday, it ends up being symbolic of her troubles rather than the cause of them.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In the cafeteria scene, the menu, complete with some {{Squick}}:
-->CORNAROOS - .55
-->ICED TEA - .15
-->WARM MILK - .10
-->[[StockAmericanPhrases HAVE A NICE DAY]]
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Mike about his sister, Ginny, who's getting married:
-->'''Mike:''' She got her period. Should make for an interesting honeymoon, huh?
-->'''His father:''' Where are you learning that stuff?
-->'''Mike:''' School.
-->'''His father:''' Good. Gettin' my money's worth.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Several, perhaps the most memorable being the wrestling match behind the conversation between Jake and his friend in the gym.
* FunnyForeigner: Long Duk Dong uses broken English and malapropisms common for someone learning a language. He also bows to people sometimes. He's also accompanied by a gong sound wherever he goes.
* TheHerosBirthday: At the end of the film, Sam finally [[spoiler:gets to celebrate her sixteenth, with Jake.]]
* HighSchool: Besides the obvious fact of being set in and around Sam's high school, the fact that she's a sophomore crushing on a senior is given significant weight.
* HighSchoolDance: The second act of the film is set at the school dance, where Sam confronts her crush on Jake in a big way, Long Duk Dong finds love, and the "underwear incident" occurs.
* IAteWhat: Farmer Ted thought he was given a mint, but Caroline announces that they're both on the birth control pill, he promptly spits it out.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Sam is convinced that Jake would never want anything to do with her and is flabbergasted when he finally shows up at the church.
* ImNotPretty: Sam describes herself as "utterly forgettable."
* ImprobablyCoolCar: Jake's Porsche 944. Granted, his family's rich -- they have a [[BigFancyHouse mansion]] and his dad has a Rolls-Royce convertible with [[TechMarchesOn a car phone!]]
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Long Duk Dong is referred to as "Chinese", while he has a Vietnamese name, and he's played by a Japanese-American actor. He also yells "Banzai!" at Jake, which is Japanese.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Ginny accuses Sam of being this (who is understandably upset she can't confide in matters concerning boys to her and that the family forgot her birthday); ironically Ginny spends the film being rather self-absorbed and thinks Sam is jealous that she's getting married.
* NoAntagonist: The conflicts from the movie stem from misunderstandings. The characters are all flawed: Sam's parents forget her birthday, Ted sexually harasses people, and Jake ignores his girlfriend Caroline in favour of Sam and dumps her with Ted while she's blind drunk, but nobody is entirely unsympathetic. Even Caroline, the RomanticFalseLead, isn't malicious, just angry at Jake for ignoring her.
* NoEndorHolocaust: After the WildTeenParty Jake's house is a mess, trees toilet papered, there's been a car accident (Long Duk Dong's) on the front lawn, a weight lifting weight crashed through two floors and ended up destroying wine racks in the basement... However Jake manages to get a decent sleep, goes out looking for and finds Ted and Caroline, drops by Sam's and picks her up at the church, and the bit of his house that we see is nice and clean for the private birthday party at the end.
* OpenMindedParent: In the end, Sam's dad lets her skip out on her sister's reception to go out... somewhere... with an older teen he has never met before. As a RealLife parent this raises flags, but in the movie's world her dad feels he probably owes her some slack.
* OverTheShoulderCarry: Ted carries the passed out Caroline to Jake's car like this.
* PantyShot:
** Ted asks Samantha if he can borrow her panties, and then shows them off to a group of 9th and 10th graders in the boys' bathroom who each paid $1 to see them.
** When Ted is driving the plastered Caroline home, he gets a glimpse of her panties. This reduces him to stunned incoherence.
* ParentsAsPeople: Sam's parents do care about her, as they both give sincere apologies when they realize they forgot her birthday. It's just they are preoccupied with their older daughter Ginny's wedding and all of their relatives visiting with them.
* PrecisionFStrike: The only time the word is used is when Sam realizes that her family forgot her birthday.
* RiteOfPassage: For Samantha, in the course of two days, her family forgets about her birthday, her sister gets married, she confronts her crush on Jake and Ted's crush on her, she reconciles with her mom and dad, and then finally gets Jake and has a fairy-tale first date, complete with birthday cake.
* SealedWithAKiss: The film ends with [[spoiler: Samantha and Jake kissing.]]
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Getting laid is Ted's primary motivation throughout the film. He is finally convinced to leave Sam alone after he realizes that she's pining for Jake. His "reward" for hooking the two of them up is having sex with Caroline (who's too drunk to consent, but doesn't mind the next day).
* ShoutOut: One of the cars owned by the Baker relatives has the license plate "V 58", a reference to Hughes' short story ''Vacation '58'', the basis of what would become ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation''.
* ShotgunWedding: It's never explicitly stated that this is happening, but when Ginny has missed a period and the two families are rushing her and her beau to the altar, the conclusion is obvious, as is the chagrin when they realize that her period has come after all.
* ShowerScene: Sam and her friend spy on Caroline in the shower. Despite showing her topless, the film managed to get a PG rating.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Jake is a senior, the son of rich parents, apparently a jock or at least very athletic, and is dating the prom queen. Sam is a nobody sophomore with a crush.
* StalkingIsLove: Ted genuinely believes this.
* {{Tagline}}: ''It's the time of your life that may last a lifetime.''
* TokenMinority: Long Duk Dong is the only non-white character with any significant screen time.
* TitledAfterTheSong: "16 Candles", by The Crests. A cover was recorded by Music/StrayCats for the film.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight:
** Averted. Dong remembers pretty much everything -- a ''surprising'' amount, considering.
--->'''Jake:''' Open the door.\\
'''Long Duk Dong:''' You beat up my face!\\
'''Jake:''' You grabbed my ''nuts''.\\
'''Long Duk Dong:''' [looks through frosted glass on door] That you?\\
'''Jake:''' Yeah, that me.
** Conversely, while not drunk at all, Sam seems to have forgotten that she gave out her panties to a geek the previous night until reminded by her friend.
** And Ted doesn't seem to remember [[spoiler:him and Caroline having sex]] despite the fact that ''she'' was the drunk one last we saw, not him.
* WildTeenParty: There's one at Jake Ryan's house, complete with drinking, implied sex, and the place getting trashed.