Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald) wakes up on the morning of her 16th birthday disappointed to find she looks no different to how she did yesterday. Even so, it's her birthday, so at least her family and friends will spoil her rotten, right?
Sadly not, for it's also the eve of her elder sister's (Blanche Baker) wedding and, amid all the preparations for that big event, her family have clean forgotten about Samantha's own special day.
And things are even worse at school, where the guy she has a crush on (Michael Schoeffling) doesn't even seem to know she exists, which unfortunately can't be said of the Geek (Anthony Michael Hall), who is pursuing her with a passion she most definitely does not return...
As well as providing the perfect springboard for Ringwald's career, Sixteen Candles also brought Hughes praise for his keen observation of teen language and emotions, which he would put to further good effect in The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
(1984) Cert: 12