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Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.
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Fresh: The first effort by writer/director John Hughes on his way to becoming the William Shakespeare of teenage angst. One really has to be aware of the climate of the early '80s to truly understand the impact that this film had among teens.
- Brad Laidman, Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Candles is a brazenly mischievous, consistently uproarious comedy that christens the devastating Hughes-fu with vivacious results.
- Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
An all time favourite of mine that I have loved since I was about 12 years old... I wonder how much of an unbiased review this will be.... Admittedly, on a re-watch last night, (and it's probably about the 100th re-watch in my life - the only thing that surprises me about this one anymore is the soundtrack on the remastered DVD, as I watched my old, now retired, VHS copy so frequently that the changed soundtrack they used on that is ingrained in my head - I can acknowledge a few flaws. Most obvious is that Jake the dream guy is not actually that much of a catch at all. A guy who lets his passed out drunk girlfriend drive home with a teenager he just met, who can barely drive - yeah, that's a keeper. And let's not start on Long Duk Dong - very PC, I don't think! (Having said that I love Long Duk Dong!). On the plus side, Molly Ringwald as Samantha, who's parents are so busy thinking of her sister's upcoming wedding that they forget it's her 16 birthday, is just fantastic. Also great is Anthony Michael Hall as Farmer Ted and Haviland Morris is actually quite sweet as Caroline. This is just all round a great 80's movie, one of my favourites from John Hughes. Not quite as great as Pretty in Pink, but certainly on it's way there. I don't know if it would be as much loved by teens today, but luckily they have some great films of their own such as Easy A, which reminded me a little of this even though the story is nothing alike (maybe because they "borrowed" some of the (great!) soundtrack. I love the ending too with Jake at his car and then Samantha blowing out her candles. A sweet movie with enough angst to be relatable, but an ending that will leave you smiling.
- romy861, Monday, October 11, 2010
Molly Ringwald is just so incredibly adorable and perfect as the normal sixteen year old girl. The fact that that you can buy her performance makes everything else somehow work. Even with some kooky aspects, like horny Chinese exchange students, it still comes off as a very believable high school experience. The movie's premise somehow captures the worst fear of a lot of people, being totally forgotten and ignored. The romance, comedy and drama really seem genuine and that's what makes it so great.
- ythelastman89, Monday, September 27, 2010