Sixteen Candles is a 1984 coming-of-age written and directed by John Hughes and is often associated with the beginning of the Brat Pack. Sixteen Candles is a high school, comedy movie starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. Sixteen Candles was filmed primarily in and around the Chicago north shore suburban community of Evanston, Illinois. Most of the exterior scenes and some of the interior scenes were filmed at Niles East High School. Some exteriors were also shot at New Trier East High School. A cafeteria scene, gym scene, and auto shop scene were filmed at Niles North High School. Still other filming took place in the gymnasium at New Trier West High School. The Baker house location is on the 3000 block of Payne St. in Evanston.
The storyline of the movie Sixteen Candles (1984) goes like Samantha Bakers played by Molly Ringwald is now turning sixteen, which is great but the only problem is that nobody remembers as her elder sister is getting married the next day. Samantha suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday; even worst is some nerd from her high-school played by Anthony Michael Hall keeps propositioning her with sophomoric innuendo when she really likes the high-school hunk Jake (Michael Schoeffling). On the other hand his grandparents come to live with her family to attend the wedding where they bring a foreign exchange student Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe) who would not stop hitting on her. The disappointments and trouble Samantha faces on her sixteenth birthday rather than having a good time.
Samantha grandparents force her to take the foreign exchange student along with her to the school dance party which she does. Surprisingly it does not take much time for the foreign exchange student to find a girlfriend while Samantha stays alone and bored. After the wedding of her sister, her family apologizing for forgetting her birthday, the movie ends where Samantha shares a kiss with Jake, the high-school hunk with a birthday cake with sixteen candles. The movie shows a twenty-four hours time period that makes one realizes that how much can change just during one day.
The Sixteen Candles (1984) is a classic high-school movie revolving around a teenage girl and the troubles, problems faced by Samantha and thoughts that crosses a teenage girl. The movies that you can find similar to the Sixteen Candles are Valley Girl (1983), The Breakfast Club (1985), Clueless (1995), Never Been Kissed (1999) and Can't Hardly Wait (1998).