Study Guide

Sixteen Candles Family

Family

MRS. BAKER: Ginny! Mike! Sara! Sam! Come on! Everybody up!

This is one of the first lines in the movie, and it quickly introduces us to the entire Baker family, and they're a big one.

MR. BAKER: Are we still having dinner with the Rice Chex?

MRS. BAKER: Riesczecks. […] Oh, and you better learn their names, as of tomorrow they're family.

The movie's small B-plot involves Ginny getting married, expanding the family. There's a lot of comedy to be mined from two family's clashing, and we're disappointed John Hughes doesn't explore that more.

GRANDMA DOROTHY: Sam's lucky she has us, Howard.

GRANDPA HOWARD: Yeah, even if she doesn't appreciate us.

This line's ironic on a couple of levels. The grandparents have accidentally scared Jake away from calling the house again, so Sam isn't lucky. But also, Sam feels they don't appreciate her, because they're part of the whole family who forgot her birthday.

GRANDMA DOROTHY: Sam's lucky she has us, Howard.

GRANDPA HOWARD: Yeah, even if she doesn't appreciate us.

This line's ironic on a couple of levels. The grandparents have accidentally scared Jake away from calling the house again, so Sam isn't lucky. But also, Sam feels they don't appreciate her, because they're part of the whole family who forgot her birthday.

DAD: I feel like a real jerk, honey. We forgot your birthday.

Sam's family seems like a whole bunch of jerks. But Dad is the first to apologize, redeeming himself and making them seem not so bad after all.

DAD: Why do you think you're a dork? I don't think you're a dork. I don't think Mom thinks you're a dork.

There's nothing a teenage girl likes more than to hear that her parents think she's cool.

DAD: Well, if it's any consolation, I love you. And if this guy can't see in you all the beautiful and wonderful things that I see, then he's got the problem.

Dad gives a lot of nice supportive advice to Sam, the kind of advice that only dads can give.

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