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The 1986 film Sixteen Candles tells a timeless tale of growing up in suburban America The films star Sam played by Molly Ringwald wakes up with big expectations on her sweet sixteenth birthday only to be completely disappointed Not only does she find that she looks exactly the same as when she was fifteen but her family is so preoccupied with her older sisters wedding that they forget her birthday altogether The film opens with Sam on the phone with her best girlfriend Randy She is examining herself in her full length mirror and is totally horrified to find that her body didnt magically transform overnight She was hoping to wake up with a body just like Carolines Caroline is the head cheerleader prom queen and girlfriend of the most popular boy in school Jake Ryan Sam is hopelessly in love with Jake and is convinced that he wont know she exists until she is more developed more mature more like Caroline Little does she know Jake does notice her He is intrigued by a certain mispassed note containing some very personal information about Sams sex life or lack of one In this note Sam confesses that she is a virgin she has never done it and is saving herself not for marriage but for Jake Ryan Jake finds himself wanting to get to know Sam and wanting a real relationship with someone like her rather than with someone like Caroline He knows Caroline doesnt love him and he doesnt love her either The only real reason theyre together is because hes the most popular boy at school and shes the most popular girl Throughout the movie Sam is preoccupied with becoming more like Caroline while the real reason Jake is interested in her is because she is not like Caroline By the end of the movie Sam learns a valuable lesson about being her own person and even gets the guy along the
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