As many have said before, John Hughes certainly knew how to make teen films back in the 1980s and he knew teens are smarter and more capable than anybody over the age of twenty one would like to give them credit for. Which I feel many filmmakers have neglected to do when it comes to making films which the main characters are in their teens.
This films puts Samantha (Molly Ringwald) in the centre of the story of turning sixteen and finding herself surrounded not only by her family who are more bothered by her older sister’s wedding than caring about or remembering Samantha’s birthday. We are also treated to her fellow schoolmates who either want to try and prove themselves when it comes to sex or who is the coolest person, along with a cultural difference when it comes to the none American character.
This is a great look at nerds, the cool, the rich and the outsiders… all of whom are stuck together purely because they all go to the same school, whether they like it or not. We identify with at least one of the characters in the film, if it be Samantha, The Geek (Anthony Michael Hall) or Jake (Michael Schowffing) or one of the many other characters along the way. We’ve all found ourselves being one of these people, even if they are exaggerations. Even if this is a 1980s movie, it still stands the test of time, the fashion may have changed over the years, but much of what happens here in this film happens today.
The soundtrack is another fantastic element to the film. John Hughes films seemed to pull a load of excellent tunes together and places them perfectly into the scenes. There are many brilliant scenes and moments in this films which will make you laugh and relate in some way. I am one of many people who enjoyed this film back in the day and still watch now with a fondness for knowing that there are films and characters such as these.
John Hughes took the everyday situations and made them worth our time watching. So, if you get the chance to watch this, take it as this has something for everybody. Even if you wish to forget your teen years, there is something here which will remind you that there was some good in your teens, something you may even miss.