Movie of the Day: "Sixteen Candles" (1984)

The movie that gave us Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and director John Hughes. A sweet and funny coming-of-age comedy that to be honest, is probably the most dated of the high school movies this week (some of the Long Duck Dong stuff is cringeworthy now), but it's still pretty funny in most of the other spots. Anthony Michael Hall, especially, is great in his quintessential role as the "Geek." Poor, mopey Samantha is bummed when her whole family forgets her birthday, but all is right with the world when she finally gets noticed by Jake, the most popular guy in school (let's just pretend Michael Schoeffling doesn't look about twenty years older than 15-year-old Molly Ringwald here). One of the most memorable freeze-frame endings in the movies.

Trailer from 1984: