YMMV / Sixteen Candles

  • Ethnic Scrappy: Long Duk Dong is a borderline example: he does come away from the story with more physical injuries than the other characters, but he's also had the night of his life and effortlessly found a really cool girlfriend.
  • Hollywood Homely: A Discussed Trope involving Samantha. It's even discussed between Jake and a friend of his (who is befuddled he'd consider leaving the sexy and built Caroline for the younger and less "mature" Samantha).
    Jake: Do you know Samantha Baker?
    Friend: Sophomore, right?
    Jake: Yeah, what do you think of her?
    Friend: I don't.
    Jake: Would you ever go out with her?
    Friend: Depends on how much you pay me.
    Jake: She's not ugly.
    Friend: There's nothing there, man. It's not ugly, it's just void.
  • Not So Different: The Baker family looks down on the Rizczeck family's behavior and clothing, though given how most of them act (the grandparents and Mike to name a few), they're just as rude and crass.
  • Unfortunate Implications: It's been argued that the film tacitly endorses sexual assault. Ted relentlessly harasses Sam and is rewarded for it throughout the story. Jake also tells Ted to take the drunk Caroline home, saying "she's so blitzed she won't know the difference". They end up having sex (initiated by Caroline) and she says next morning that she enjoyed it.
  • Values Dissonance: So much of this movie would definitely not fly with today's audiences. Just to name a few examples:
    • The male leads' casual encouragement of date rape is pretty cringeworthy nowadays.
    • The character Long Duk Dong is a pretty awkward walking, talking Asian stereotype complete with an exaggerated accent Played for Laughs and a gong sound effect whenever he shows up.
    • The casual use of the word "fag" and "faggot" would be considered very un-PC.
    • Nudity and dropping of the word "fuck" in a PG rated film would certainly catch many viewers off guard.
    • The treatment of geeks as weird and creepy social outcasts would be especially shocking today considering that geek culture is very trendy and mainstream.
  • The Woobie: Sam. Her entire family forgets her 16th birthday because they're so focused on her older sister's wedding, and she's in love with Jake Ryan, who she thinks doesn't even know she exists.