Sixteen Candles

1984 PG 1h 33m DVD

Sixteen Candles

1984 PG 1h 33m DVD
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Samantha's sixteenth birthday should be memorable, but her family is so preoccupied with her older sister's wedding that they completely forget her big day. Meanwhile, Sam tries to catch her crush's eye.
Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry, Haviland Morris, Gedde Watanabe, Paul Dooley, Carlin Glynn, Blanche Baker, Edward Andrews, Billie Bird, Carole Cook, Max Showalter, Liane Curtis, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Brian Doyle-Murray, Jami Gertz
John Hughes
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that John Hughes' hilarious '80s high school comedy has both sharply observed moments and now-dated stereotypes. Although it's rated PG (it was released before the PG-13 option existed), this is an adult comedy with teen characters. The teens drink, have sex, and talk about birth control; in one scene, it's implied that a guy had sex with a girl while she was passed-out drunk. Parents may want to exercise caution with more impressionable kids, and especially preteens or younger. But this smart exploration of adolescent life will be fun for teens and adults.

Sexual Content

Teens and sex are central, with lots of talk about body parts, much of it vulgar. Kissing. A shower scene shows a girl's naked torso. A high school kid coaxes a girl into giving him her panties and shows them to bathroom full of freshmen for a dollar. Drunken sex is implied.


Mild slapstick violence. In one scene, it's implied that a teen boy had sex with a girl while she was passed-out drunk.


Some use of the words "f--k" and "s--t."

Social Behavior

While the movie doesn't raise profound issues, it addresses the difficulty of the teen/high school years in a way that teens can relate to. Sam's happiness is very much wrapped up in a guy.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teens drink to the point of passing out. Hung-over characters question whether they were intimate while drunk. A woman overdoes muscle-relaxant pills and gets completely loopy.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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