Sixteen Candles

Rated PG, 93 min. Directed by John Hughes. Starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, John Cusack, Gedde Watanabe, Justin Henry, Paul Dooley, Michael Schoeffling, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz.

Back before the name John Hughes became a synonym for a pandering hack, the writer-director actually made several movies that cause us now to realize how far the once-mighty have fallen. Sixteen Candles is one of those movies. Molly Ringwald is radiant here as the eternal teen looking for love. And even Anthony Michael Hall makes you realize how "great potential" ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. But in Sixteen Candles, John Hughes nails just about every aspect of the teenage experience.
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