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21 Reasons Everyone Should Love "Sixteen Candles"

"That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call them something else."

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On May 4, 1984, the world was introduced to the classic John Hughes film, Sixteen Candles, and our lives have never been the same.

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Because it's literally the best movie of all time.

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1. It's impossible not to love and relate to Sam Baker, a sophomore in high school who suffers from a bout of unrequited love.

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2. The movie is filled with *SO* much teenage angst and high school drama. We've all been there, to be honest.

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3. Also, Sam's family FORGETS HER 16TH BIRTHDAY, which is the best plot but also worst thing to ever possibly happen.

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(Seriously, who does that?!)

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4. The Baker family's major mistake definitely helped cement them as one of the most iconic fams in '80s movie history.

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5. The most iconic family member of all being Sam's older sister, Ginny, whose upcoming wedding is the whole reason the Baker family was too busy to remember her 16th birthday.

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6. She was really full of some big sis wisdom, that Ginny.

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7. Luckily, friendship is another strong theme in the movie and Sam has someone to lament to when things don't always go her way.

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8. Now, let's get back to that whole unrequited love thing. Jake Ryan, Sam's crush and absolute heartthrob, is a TOTAL babe.

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(Same.)

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9. She's pretty much invisible to him. So relatable.

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10. So she ends up becoming temporary BFFs with Ted, the nerdy guy who she usually gives a hard time to, because he actually takes the time to listen to her. It's the sweetest moment!

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11. And she realizes he's actually a good dude, showing us how important it is to really give people a chance.

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12. Not to mention, who could ever forget this iconic panties scene?

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13. Plus, Sixteen Candles features none other than a young John Cusack! How can you *NOT* love a movie with young John Cusack?!

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14. The dynamic between Jake Ryan and Ted (or Farmer Ted, as they also call him) is truly hilarious.

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15. Despite their unlikely bond and friendship, Jake ends up confiding in Ted and the geeky high schooler gives him the real confidence he needs to follow his heart.

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16. And that's exactly what he does! Jake goes home from the party and shows us all that he's not just a popular jock by entertaining his interest in Sam!

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😍 😍 😍

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17. This ~emotional~ moment between Sam and her dad is really the best and taught us all an important lesson about young love.

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18. After a long, long night, even Ted ends up sharing a special moment with Caroline, the super popular girl at school...

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...which is complete redemption! Because even though his peers aren't always the nicest to him, Ted totally deserves his own happiness.

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19. Most importantly, Jake Ryan finally comes around and admits he has a crush on Sam, too, which is exactly what she wanted all along! (Who cares that it's her sister's wedding day?!)

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20. If only all of our 16th birthdays could go down like this.

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21. BEST. MOVIE. EVER.

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