Plotaholics Podcast, Episode 86 – Sixteen Candles

The Plotaholics are still taking on the 80s! This week we take a dive back to 1984 with the raunchy John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles

This 90-minute romp has a ton of unlikable characters. Samantha Baker’s sweet sixteen is completely forgotten about so her older sister can get married. Poor dear!

This episode covers:

  • The problematic aspects of this film, from the casual racism to the casual date rape.
  • How comedy has evolved to the point that shows like The Office were able to find ways to deal with these same topics in a more self-aware way.
  • John Hughes’s body of work: Overall good? Overall bad? Somewhere in between?

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