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WATCH: Why ‘Sixteen Candles’ Is the Ultimate Teen Comedy

WATCH: Why 'Sixteen Candles' Is the Ultimate Teen Comedy

Former Chicago ad man John Hughes parlayed several print and script assignments for the National Lampoon into a writer/director gig on this, the first of a veritable onslaught of teen angst comedies that gave the world The Brat Pack, a group of young actors who went on to careers of varied length after hitting it big in Hughes movies. This one was written for 15-year-old Molly Ringwald, whose headshot Hughes pulled out of a pile of submissions. It hung over his typewriter as he banged out the script. 

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