Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Due to the death of John Hughes recently, Encore movie channel decided to run some of his movies as a tribute. I happen to have the High Def version of Encore and became immediately excited about the idea of recording Jake Ryan in High Def. Seriously, I watched this movie before puberty and Jake Ryan became as much an idol to me as Magnum PI and Remington Steele. So ... hot.

Jake Ryan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) just turned 16 and due to her sister's wedding, everyone has completely forgotten. To soften the blow she decides to trounce a geek's heart (Anthony Michael Hall) and set her sights on the most gorgeous guy in school (also most gorgeous guy ever in a teen flick) - Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling).

I will be the first to admit this is not a good movie. I still laugh every time I see it though! "No more yankey my wankey!" This was as close as we came to a Judd Apatow film in the 80s. I don't think it is possible to watch this and not chuckle at least once. The most difficult thing about this movie is how completely improbable it is. Let's see, this seriously gorgeous and rich senior guy dating a seriously gorgeous and rich blond senior girl is tired of her partying ways and wants to settle down with an almost mousy sophomore just because she said she wanted to have sex with him. What planet was this filmed on?!?!?! There is no teenage boy that would turn down Caroline (the seriously gorgeous blond) for Samantha (the mousy sophomore).

Since this movie is silly, I have seen a silly game that I thought I would try. It is to list the silly things you learned from the movie. I will list a few things here:

1. In HD, Jake Ryan has cute little freckles.
2. Freshmen will pay to see a girl's panties.
3. Grandmas like to feel up their granddaughters.
4. Rubbing lemons into your elbows is a beauty secret.
5. Men prefer mousy, flat-chested redheads to gorgeous, stacked blonds.

Audience participation time: Can you think of any other items you learned from this movie?

I highly recommend this one for when you are in your mid-life crisis and need to escape back to your days of school when your biggest worry was your hair or acne or when you would hook-up as in HOOK-UP with someone finally. Ahhhh, good times.


kda0121 said...

Haven't watched this one in years, but I always liked it. I have a red-haired granddaughter named Molly, so this story is especially touching.

AbbyNormal said...

Awww - I bet your granddaughter is a cutie! In high school, I felt like how Molly acted - intelligent, goofy, insecure and terribly awkward. It was totally unfair having a 24 or 25 year-old blonde bombshell actress play her archrival.

Jennythenipper said...

I love this movie too. I think Long Duck Dong is incredibly offensive and yet, I still laugh just thinking about the way he says "marwied." It's kinda like Kay Francis come to think of it.

I remember reading a review of this movie in Seventeen magazine that went something like, "Samantha is incredibly self-abosrbed self-centered teenager whose whole world comes crashing down when her parents forget her birthday. Really with Communism, the threat of nuclear holocaust and the situation Ethiopia, shouldn't she get a little perspective." I'm not even joking, Seventeen which is pretty much a 200 page commercial for being a self-absorbed, self-centered, insecure teenager had the nerve to look down on the movie. I loved it then, and I loved it the last time I watched it which wasn't as long ago as I'd like people to think. A few catch phrases from this movie have worked their way into my vocabulary, and I have to be careful not use the phrase "oily bohunk" to describe people because apparently its offensive. "ya do shots? C'mon, wolf it!"

AbbyNormal said...

Jenny - I can't believe Seventeen was able to write and publish that with a straight face!!! I never read about either of those three topics in Seventeen when I was a teenager. It was a different triumverate - boys, makeup and diet.

I have to admit, I had no idea what an oily bohunk was. In fact, in the 80s when I saw this, I thought it was oily beau hunk. I finally googled to figure out it is supposed to be offensive. :-)

Long Duck Dong is my hero and I quote "Helllllooooo, sexy girlfriend" all the time.

What a great, great movie. Thanks for walking down memory lane with me on this one, ya'll.