(1984) Written and directed by John Hughes. Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Michael Schoeffling. (93 min.) PG
Samantha’s family, distracted by her sister’s impending wedding, completely forgets her 16th birthday. Teen auteur John Hughes sensitively mines the real-life anxieties and insecurities of high school life within the clichéd framework of dating, proms, and pranks.
“This is a fresh and cheerful movie with a goofy sense of humor and a good ear for how teenagers talk. It doesn't hate its characters or condescend to them … instead, it goes for human comedy” (Roger Ebert).
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