The film Sixteen Candles is an ’80s classic. It’s lumped in with the other cult films during that time period by John Hughes, who was deemed the king of teen movies after releasing a string of hits like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. He was a movie making mastermind when it came to harnessing the teenage mind and all the angst that comes with it. Sixteen Candles didn’t do well at the box office, but rather skyrocketed in popularity when it was released on VHS. Entertainment weekly ranked Sixteen Candles as one of the “Best High School Movies” ever. It’s been over 30 years since the release and despite being around for a long, long while there’s lots to know about what went on behind the scenes! Here’s 10 things you probably didn’t know about the movie Sixteen Candles:
10. Molly Ringwald was John Hughes Muse
John Hughes wrote the role of Samantha Baker after he saw a headshot of 15-year-old Molly Ringwald. The whole movie was inspired from it. He pinned the headshot on a bulletin board and wrote the film over the Fourth of July weekend. He derived so much of the film from her that she later said it was almost like playing herself. The film was his directorial debut; it was the first film he ever wrote and directed. He followed it up with The Breakfast Club in 1985 and Ferris Beuller’s Day Off in 1986. He became known as the “Godfather of teen cinema.” Fun fact: Hughes often came up with the soundtracks for his movies before he wrote the script.