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.
Summary: For his directorial unveiling, John Hughes selected a piece of material held close to his heart; a screenplay that contained beloved topics: the chaos of the nuclear family and the humiliation/redemption of the average American teen. "Sixteen Candles" is largely Hughes testing his gifts behind the camera, inadvertently pioneering a genre that would come to define his career.
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.