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?