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A wrestler a rebel a brain a beauty and a shy girl share detention in a chicago high school. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. mca Release Date: 09/01/2009 Starring: Judd Nelson Anthony Michael Hall Run time: 97 minutes Rating: R Director: John Hughes
John Hughes's popular 1985 teen drama finds a diverse group of high school students--a jock Emilio Estevez, a metalhead Judd Nelson, a weirdo Ally Sheedy, a princess Molly Ringwald, and a nerd Anthony Michael Hall--sharing a Saturday in detention at their high school for one minor infraction or another. Over the course of a day, they talk through the social barriers that ordinarily keep them apart, and new alliances are born, though not without a lot of pain first. Hughes Sixteen Candles, who wrote and directed, is heavy on dialogue but he also thoughtfully refreshes the look of the film every few minutes with different settings and original viewpoints on action. The movie deals with such fundamentals as the human tendency toward bias and hurting the weak, and because the characters are caught somewhere between childhood and adulthood, it's easy to get emotionally involved in hope for their redemption. Preteen and teenage kids love this film, incidentally. --Tom Keogh