Article Oct 02, 2018

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Molly Ringwald still hates drunken sex plot in 80s film classic Sixteen Candles

Actress Molly Ringwald has a big problem with her classic 1984 movie Sixteen Candles over a drunken sex scene.

The Breakfast Club star, who featured in a string of beloved 1980s 'Brat Pack' films, admits there's something about the cult coming-of-age John Hughes film that still doesn't sit right with her, especially now she's a mum.

The 50-year-old actress tells NPR she'll never be happy with her character's love interest, played by Michael Schoeffling considering making love to his unconscious girlfriend, played by Haviland Morris, who is then fooled into having drunken sex with Anthony Michael Hall's Ted.

"Everyone says, and I do believe is true, that times were different and what was acceptable then is definitely not acceptable now and nor should it have been then - but that's sort of the way that it was," Ringwald says.

"I feel very differently about the movies (I made in the 1980s) now and it's a difficult position for me to be in, because there’s a lot that I like about them... But I do oppose a lot of what is in those movies."

And Molly reveals she raised some of her concerns about the Sixteen Candles storyline with Hughes.

"There were parts of that film that bothered me then," she explains. "Although everybody likes to say that I had, you know, John Hughes' ear and he did listen to me in a lot of ways, I wasn’t the filmmaker.

"Sometimes I would tell him, 'Well, I think this is kind of tacky', or, 'I think that this is irrelevant', or, 'This doesn’t ring true', and sometimes he would listen to me, but in other cases he didn't."

But she credits the writer and filmmaker for creating movies that shone the spotlight on teen issues.

"Having a teenage daughter myself, I know that it's not always easy to get teenagers to talk," she adds, "but these films broke through that. There’s something that really touches teenagers, especially The Breakfast Club, I feel like it sort of gives them permission to talk about their feelings. It says that teenagers' feelings really matter."