Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles

Typical 80’s high school film: Girl wants boy, boy doesn’t know she exists, geeky friend intervenes and then boy and girl go out.

This is the film that Pretty in Pink had to live up to and failed. This is a much better film with very similar stories (as John Hughes wrote them both) Molly Ringwald, who plays the same, ish, character in every film I’ve seen her in, actually works in this one. She’s the ignored sibling and ignored classmate. Anthony Michael Hall, although occasionally too over the top, played a very good part, although he or his character seemed far too young to hanging around with his two very borg friends (one of which a very young John Cusack) who were both very funny. I loved the cheesy sound effects when things were happening or reactions to things, cheesy but fun. As mentioned in my review of The Blues Brothers, any film with the Peter Gunn theme tune in is an instant like in my book, love that tune. The one other thing I remember loving about the movie is that the car that Long Puck Dong/the Chinese exchange guy is driving has a food tray attached to the wing mirror: loved it and when I get a car: WANT! A good typical 80’s film.

Recommend: If you don’t mind watching 80’s movies then yes.

Overall: 7/10

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