8 Life Lessons From "Sixteen Candles"
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Happy Birthday!1 of 9
Being a teenager is never easy, but if you happened to come of age in the '80s or '90s, then at least you had the benefit of a few good John Hughes movies to guide you. In honor of the 30th anniversary of one of our favorites, Sixteen Candles, we're taking a look back at what the film taught us about life, love and growing up.
By 16, You Need Your Own Line2 of 9
Remember: This was 30 years ago, long before the advent of cell phones. So having your own landline was the holy grail of teenage-dom.
Be Kind to Those Less Fortunate3 of 9
In a true act of selflessness, Samantha offers her underwear to Anthony Michael Hall's The Geek, thus helping him save face—and make a buck—with his friends.
True Friends Have Your Back4 of 9
Sure, things were tense at first between The Geek and Sam. But later on when he's talking to Jake, The Geek proves his loyalty: "I feel compelled to mention to you, Jake, I mean, if all you want of the girl is a piece of ass, I mean, I'll either do it myself, or get someone bigger than me, to kick your ass. I mean, not many girls in contemporary American society today, would give their underwear to help a geek like me."
It's a Long Race5 of 9
As Sam says to The Geek, "A lot can happen over a year. I mean, you could come back next fall as a completely normal person." Just look at John Cusack, who went from goofy sidekick to Lloyd Dobler in just a few years.
Go Easy on the Pills6 of 9
No matter how bad the cramps are (when, as Mrs. Baker puts it, your "monthly bill comes"), just say no to popping four muscle relaxers.
Love Is Complicated7 of 9
Jake Ryan may be dating the prom queen, but he's not happy, confessing, "I want a serious girlfriend. Somebody I can love, that's gonna love me back. Is that psycho?"
Sloppy Drunk Doesn't Look Good on Anyone8 of 9
Just wait until she really sobers up.
Jake Ryan Only Exists in the Movies9 of 9
This was perhaps the hardest truth to learn and truly accept, but accept it we eventually did—some time around our late 20s when we found out that the real Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) was married to a stunning model and living in Pennsylvania.