To our dear main character, Samantha, her life is going downhill fast. The soon to be 16-year-old has an impossible crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! This just puts the cherry on top of the sundae for her. She feels even more invisible and unimportant than before. Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents who bring a foreign exchange student named Long Duc Dong to her sister's wedding. He brings a lot of comic relief at different points of the movie, and experiences first hand fast American love and the party life of high school. Other funny moments helped to make this movie so popular. My personal favorite was when Sam gives dorky Ted her underwear to help him win a bet at the school dance.
She attempts to get through all of these unfortunate events. In the end, Sam has a heart to heart with her father, and in a twist of events, her crush, Jake, picks her up at the end of her sister's wedding to celebrate her birthday. The movie concludes as they kiss over a cake with 16 candles. In the end we get a hilarious movie on the journey of one quirky girl to womanhood! This is just a classic you can't pass up.