Sixteen Candles Jake Ryan. The two are inextricably linked. Can’t have one without the other.
When Sixteen Candles came out in 1984 who knew it would become a cult classic that mirrored life as a teen in the 1980s? The movie had everything that made the 80s a delicious time to be young.
And Molly Ringwald as Samantha exemplified how it felt to be an all-American 80s teen on the cusp of adulthood. The parties, the music, school dances, your friends, being trapped at school, families, and boys. It was all so overwhelming in an out of control good way though.
Let’s talk about the boy. Jake Ryan, good guy or bad? Maybe both. There is no reason to believe that boys had everything figured out in the 80s. Heck they wore eyeliner (affiliate link) to school, there was no smooth sailing for them either.
So, Jake, complicated or superficial as he was, decided, like many young people do, to breakup with his girl and go after another. Very typical of high school, I think. Well, the movie plays out to the best kiss scene in a teen 80’s movie, ever!
Let’s see how it goes!
Hello, Jake Ryan!
I’m not sure Jake needs much introduction but it’s always nice to see where a character starts and how boy meets girl. I think he just noticed her even though they have been in class together all year. Typical! She has probably had a crush on him since elementary school.
Oh! And, remember the spiral notebooks with the quizzes in them? And trying to figure out who had what number? And how bummed everyone was when a teacher would confiscate one. You know they went home and read them.
Anyway, ladies and gentlemen…Jake.
Whoa, That Was Close!
I like this clip for many reasons but my favorite thing is how he bites his lip, in typical 80s style, to get her attention. Okay, she’s younger that you dude, she can’t process that!
Let’s see how she copes with having her dreamboat signal to her.
Jake Ryan Learns About Sam in Sixteen Candles
Did you ever wonder after a wild 80s party what someone’s house might look like? No way they were ever this bad, but who has a house like this anyway? I hope he can pay a cleaning crew to get this cleaned up before his parents come home.
I know that this scene is about Jake finding out more about Sam. So let’s see what they say.
Oh Sexy Girlfriend! Bonzai!
I included this scene just because it’s funny.
She Got Married!
The ever so funny scene about Sam getting married. Married? Yes, married. How is that even possible?
Checkout Jake’s face in the clip.
Ending With That Kiss
Good thing Jake doesn’t take the Donger at his word and goes to the church to see about Sam getting married. This is sometimes also known as “the car scene” because Jake shows up in his red hot Porsche Porsche 944.
Turns out Sam was a bridesmaid and not the bride. Which leads us into the best kiss finale and ending scene, ever!
Crescendo the music!!
And take another look at that famous Sixteen Candles ending…
So, which is your favorite Sixteen Candles Jake Ryan scene?
The actor who played Jake Ryan was Michael Schoeffling.
The Jake Ryan character appears in an episode of Family Guy titled “PTV” that features the FCC censoring Peter. In that episode, “perfect boyfriend” Jake also assaults Peter.
Schoeffling continued acting through 1991, then gave up Tinseltown to open his own woodworking shop. Today, he produces handcrafted furniture. And, of course, Jake Ryan himself found a new home , and love, with Peter Griffin.
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