Excerpt: These characters remain cultural icons to anyone who was a teenager in the ’80s due to great performances and Hughes’ peculiar mix of small-town values, strikingly non-PC humor, and sweet but sophisticated smarts. For such an outrageously funny movie, Sixteen Candles takes its teenagers and their issues seriously, and the adults aren’t just clueless creeps.
Excerpt: The Film For an entire generation of movie fans, John Hughes was a poet. The late writer/director had a way with words, characters and soundtracks. There will never be another filmmaker like him, and there will certainly never be another Sixteen Candles . Note to Hollywood: Don't even think about remaking this classic. It's doubtful that would happen, anyway. A good portion of the movie would be considered anti-PC by today's standards.
Conclusion: In "Sixteen Candles," John Hughes made the high school experience relevant again, resuscitating the horror of forced social functions such as the dreaded afternoon bus ride or evening dance. In 1984, it restored some dignity to teen cinema, bringing along needed playfulness. In 2012, the sensations still resonate, with renewed appreciation for the exceptional performances, a crackerjack soundtrack of '80s pop hits, and the universal concept of a teenager melting down on...
Conclusion: In spite of having the entire movie memorized due to countless viewings over three decades, 'Sixteen Candles' still manages to entertain after all these years, making me laugh, sing-along to the music, and giving me that warm and fuzzy "awww" moment at the end. Although crashing the Blu-ray party with some minor drawbacks, the audio and video presentation is a massive improvement and the best the movie has ever looked.