Forever Fest: SIXTEEN CANDLES

Director John Hughes
Year 1984
Starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Gedde Watanabe, Liane Curtis, Debbie Pollack
Rating R
Run Time 133min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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This is a featured event at Forever Fest, a weekend celebration of girlie pop culture at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz.

We're excited to announce that stars Liane Curtis (Randy) and Debbie Pollack (Marlene 'Lumberjack', a.k.a. "Sexy American Girlfriend") will be in attendance for a Q&A following this special Forever Fest screening of SIXTEEN CANDLES! And make sure you show up early to see David Singer's short film, ADVANTAGE: WEINBERG, which was inspired by John Hughes' '80s classics.

Show up in your best '80s duds, because your ticket also includes admission to the Forever Fest '80s Dance immediately following the screening at the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, where the stars from the film will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans.

I’m pretty sure that John Hughes is responsible for my survival of high school. Beneath the comic exaggerations and sweet romanticism, the ordinary geeks in his films all gave me the same life-changing advice: “Prepare for the worst, but don’t stop hoping for the best.”

And no character exemplifies this wisdom better than Samantha Baker in SIXTEEN CANDLES. Whenever I had a particularly rough day in school, or an extremely awkward encounter with my unrequited crush, I always reminded myself that Samantha had it worse. Like, did a freshman guy ever try to dance with me while spastically yelling, “Very hot! Very hot!” Um, no. Did my entire family ever forget my birthday? No way! Did my grandmother ever feel me up? HECK NO. Samantha, on the other hand, endured all of that crap (and more!) and she STILL got to kiss the hottest senior over a tasty birthday cake in a super posh house.

In celebration of those tiny (yet monumental) teenage triumphs over adversity and awkwardness, I invite you to join me for this special Forever Fest edition of SIXTEEN CANDLES, where we’ll pass sex test notes, stare obsessively at Jake Ryan and toast to the wonderful legacy of John Hughes. (Sarah Pitre)

 

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