Sixteen Candles

Growing up I remember watching the movie Sixteen Candles over and over again with my now 16 year old sister. We loved it, we hung on to every scene of the movie with anticipation like we were seeing it again for the first time. The writer knows how to keep the viewer in suspense. To keep them guessing how the situation will ever be resolved. Sixteen Candles is a movie that came out in 1984 and is categorized as both romance and comedy. The main character of the movie (Sam) feels defeated when her 16th birthday doesn’t go as planned. The timing of this movie was great and exactly why this was such a good storytelling move. Up until then, whenever you heard the term “teenage girl” it was because they were being talked about and stereotyped in movies. This movie was written specifically for teenage girls to show things that teenagers might face, not just how they will react. This movie shines an 80’s lens on some things that high schoolers may have faced in both school as well as relationships. One quote from the movie that shows sides of this is when there was a “nerd” who said “I’ve never bagged a babe. I’m not a stud I got the rep in sixth grade and it like stuck with me”. This shows how labels were seen in the 80’s, there’s no getting rid of it. This is why the writer has a great style, he is able to tell us a story that makes us see decades and cultures that we have never even gotten to experience. He was able to let us think we were living in the time period, even if just for a little bit.

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