John Hughes is an iconic movie director and writer. Sixteen Candles was his debut as a director.
It was critically acclaimed, while I think that it is a solid movie.
The main issue is movie's plot. There is no plot. At least I felt that way. We just see a bunch of teens hanging out in school, at party, at home... Typical teen problems and situations. Molly Ringwald plays her eternal role: an "unattractive" girl that gets a hot boy in the end.
The things in this movie are so shallow. Samantha (Molly Ringwald) is in love with Jake Ryan who is popular, hot and has a girlfriend. One day, she did a sex quiz on a paper and that paper accidentally ends up in the hands of Jake instead of her best friend Randy. In that quiz, she revealed that "she is a virgin and is saving herself for Jake".
There is also a geeky freshman Ted who likes Samantha, but she doesn't like him. In school Jake asks Ted about Samantha and later Ted tells that to Samantha. Samantha is excited and she accepts everything without any doubt. Like hot guys fell in love with her all the time.
Later, at a party in Jake's house, Jake tells that Ted that he is tired of partying and shallow girls. He wants a serious girl now. Apparently, he "became" smarter, wiser and serious. Oh and at the same time he asks geeky freshman to take his drunk girlfriend Caroline home with his car. Ted doesn't even know how to drive.
Next day, Caroline wakes up in Ted's arms in the car. They talk and share a kiss. Suddenly, a popular and shallow girl likes a geek. Nothing happened during the night, but she doesn't ask herself "Was I raped?" or whatever. She acted like this was just an another ordinary day.
In the end of the movie, Jake appears in front of Samantha and later they share a kiss. This was their first true contact. The whole movie seemed pointless with many random characters.