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Written by Raymond Santos Estrella on Saturday, 06 March 2004. Posted in 2004

That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy they’d call them something else.

—Mr. Baker, Sixteen Candles

This is odd. It may be a lack of foresight or a lack of skill on my part but I never really expected it to happen. Foresight, in my opinion, requires at the very least circumferential experience of something. By this I mean that one might not have experienced the same thing before but would have had an experience at least somewhat similar to the one in question. Well, whatever I do lack is of no moment now since I feel really shitty.

Pardon the foul language, I just don’t feel really congenial right now.

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I got a hold of a DVD of a pretty old movie called Sixteen Candles. This movie is one of the best films I’ve ever seen in my life. I have to admit that its one of those mushy date movies but hey, sometimes I’m mush personified.

Anyway, its about this newly-turned sixteen year old named Samantha or Sam for short. Sam, played by Molly Ringwald, wakes up on the day of her birthday and realizes that her whole family has forgotten the occasion. Things are so busy around the house because her older sister is about to get married the next day. The guy’s a complete jerk which pisses her off even more. She likes this popular guy, Jake, whom she often looks at in class but feels doesn’t even know she exists. On the contrary, Jake has noticed her quite often. Despite the fact that his girlfriend is probably the prettiest and most popular girl in school, Jake is somehow drawn to our protagonist Sam.

The day gets even weirder when Sam discovers that her family has adopted a Chinese student that she has to take to the school dance. Add the ubiquitous school nerds who fancies her and the utter humiliation of trying to get to talk to Jake and Sam is just about to have the worst day of her life. She eventually gets through the day roughened up but she manages to keep her head up.

The day of the wedding comes and we see Jake waiting for her outside the church after the newlyweds have left. They meet in the middle of the street and finally get a chance to talk. Jake asks her to have a ride with him and she agrees. The scene cuts to a room with Sam and Jake sitting on the table. Between them is Sam’s birthday cake and we finally hear the best lines in the movie…

Jake: Make a wish.

Sam: It’s already come true. (Blows out the candles)

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I guess I should really make a proper writeup here. Something witty or maybe a joke to add some levity. I’ll come back to this when I have time. If you have any suggested copy that I can insert here, drop me a line.

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