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Recast Sixteen Candles and Win a Prize!

Every Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

Well, we've recast The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, so now it's time for the third of my favorite John Hughes movies: Sixteen Candles.

Sure, looking at this movie now there are some things that now don't seem quite right (Ted having sex with Caroline while she's passed out, say). But I still have a soft spot in my heart for this iconic '80s teenage romantic comedy.

So tell me: If you could recast this movie today, which actors would you pick for the lead roles?

Part of the charm of Sixteen Candles is the ensemble cast, so I've chosen 7 characters that I think are most central to recast.
Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, August 14, complete with a "new" cast photo. To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,

Characters to recast:
Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald)
Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling)
Long Duk Dong (Gedde Watanabe)
Ted, "The Geek" (Anthony Michael Hall)
Jim Baker (Samantha's father) (Paul Dooley)
Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) (Blanche Baker)
Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) (Haviland Morris)

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Pizzatarian Pizzatarian 8 years
Samantha Baker~ Ellen Page Jake Ryan~ Brandon Routh Long Duk Dong~ Aaron Yoo Ted~ Jay Baruchel Jim Baker~ Steve Martin Ginny Baker~ Ari Graynor Caroline Mulford~ Amanda Seyfried
Kia3 Kia3 10 years
I agree with Cleo. No recasting a classic!
Zhivago3 Zhivago3 10 years
Samantha Baker = Amber Tamblyn Jake Ryan = Matt Dallas (Kyle XY) Long Duk Dong = Dat Phan (1st winner of Last Comic Standing) Ted, "The Geek" = Jonathan Malen (Redhead from "Take the Lead") Jim Baker (Sam's father)= William Peterson (CSI -Gill Grissam) Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) = Molly Ringwald Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) = Mena Suvari
Choco-cat Choco-cat 10 years
Samantha Baker - Ellen Page (played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand) Jake Ryan - Daniel Radcliffe (have you seen the pictures from his stage play? he can do buff - we'll see if he can do an American accent) Long Duk Dong - I had trouble with this one because as much as I adore the movie, it's so incredibly offensive. So I thought it would be funny to tweak the movie a little and change the character into some tiny villaged, nerdy, Scandinavian student played by Sam Lavine Ted, "The Geek" - Michael Cera (poor kid, he just fits this so perfectly!) Jim Baker (Samantha's father) - Bill Murray Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) - Busy Philipps (Kim from the defunked TV show "Freaks and Geeks") Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) - Hilary Duff I also have a different possibility for Sam and her father (Jim Baker). Sam = America Ferrera Jim = George Lopez I think if these two change, Jake will need to change too, Daniel looks too young compared to America. Jake Ryan = James McAvoy (he'd have to work on his American accent as well. He was faun, Mr. Tumnus, from the Narnia movie.)
HellooQueen HellooQueen 10 years
Samantha Baker - Ashley Tidsale (dye her hair brown or red) Jake Ryan - Sean Faris Long Duk Dong - John Cho Ted, "The Geek" - Michael Cera Jim Baker (Samantha's father) - Chris North Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) - Anna Faris Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) - Brittany Snow
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
wiciltd — Of course nobody will live up to the original cast of Sixteen Candles. This movie is not actually going to be remade with a cast chosen by someone on this website. It's a game, and not meant to be taken seriously. You certainly don't have to take part in the game, and please refrain from attacking other readers' cast submissions.
writergrrl26 writergrrl26 10 years
Samantha Baker: Tina Majorino Jake Ryan: Chris Lowell Long Duk Dong: Bobby Lee (Kenneth from Harold and Kumar) Ted "the geek": Michael Cera Jim Baker: Joe Flaherty (dad from Freaks and Geeks) Ginny Baker: Mandy Moore Caroline: Mischa Barton
marcink marcink 10 years
Samantha Baker - Amber Tamblyn Jake Ryan - Zac Efron Long Duk Dong - Aaron Yoo Ted, "The Geek" - Frankie Muniz Jim Baker (Samantha's father) - Tom Hanks Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) - Katherine Heigl Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) - Blake Lively
wiciltd wiciltd 10 years
Have any of you actually seen this movie? Half of your choices are vapid losers who could never EVER be as good as Molly.. EVER.. only in their wildest fantasies
total total 10 years
Samantha Baker - Rumer Willis Jake Ryan - James Franco Long Duk Dong - Charlyne Yi (Knocked up - she's a girl, but hey it could work) Ted, "The Geek" - Michael Cera Jim Baker (Samantha's father) - Chris Noth Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) - Rachel Bilson Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) - Evan Rachel Wood
bakejn21 bakejn21 10 years
Samantha: Amanda Bynes Jake: Tom Welling Ted: Jean-Luc Bilodea (from Kyle XY) Jim: Jason Alexander Ginny: Jessica Simpson Caroline: Shannon Elizabeth Long Duk Dong: John Cho
MegLahr MegLahr 10 years
Sam: Kristen Storms (Days, some other Disney movie) Jake: Adrian Grenier (Entourage) Ted: Shia (first to my mid as well) Jim: John Goodman (love him!) Ginny: Kate Hudson (lol) Caroline: Paris Hilton (Ha, thought it was perfect not to much acting involved!) Long Duk Dong: James Kyson Lee (Heros)
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
I like Pink Flats cast.
txhottie txhottie 10 years
Samantha Baker (Kelly Smith - Buffy) Jake Ryan (Charlie Hunnam -Undeclared & Queer as Folk) Long Duk Dong (John Cho - he is just so perfect) Ted, "The Geek" (Michael Cera - again he is just perfect) Jim Baker (Samantha's father) (Colin Firth) Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) (Ashely Tisdale) Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) (Scarlett Johansson)
girlnone girlnone 10 years
Sam: Emma Roberts (Hey! She's actually sixteen!) Jake: Zac Efron Long Duk Dong: Masi Oka? (Gedde Watanabe was 30, so I guess it's okay....) Farmer Ted: Michael Cera Sam's Dad: Greg Grunberg Ginny: Kristen Bell Caroline: Amanda Seyfried
RCCway RCCway 10 years
Samantha Baker - Jena Malone Jake Ryan - Eion Bailey Long Duk Dong - Justin Lee (Annyong Bluth from Arrested Dev.) Ted, "The Geek" - Michael Cera Jim Baker - Jim Belushi Ginny Baker - Mandy Moore Caroline Mulford - Susan May Pratt
maeve maeve 10 years
Samantha Baker - Sarah Drew (Everwood) Jake Ryan - Channing Tatum Long Duk Dong - Masi Oka Ted, "The Geek" - Michael Cera Jim Baker (Samantha's father) - Enrico Colantoni Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) - Katherine Heigl Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) - Sophia Bush
nycpogo nycpogo 10 years
Samantha Baker - Allison Mack (10 Things I hate about you) Jake Ryan - Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) Long Duk Dong - John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) Ted - Christopher Castile (Step by Step) Jim Baker - John Goodman (Roseanne) Ginny Baker - Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (She's All That) Caroline Mulford - Mila Kunis
writergrrl26 writergrrl26 10 years
I'm still thinking mine over... there are like two male Asian actors in Hollywood and neither of them are teenagers! Good choices, everyone, but it IS supposed to be Sixteen Candles, people! : ) They should be able to pass for 16.
berdca berdca 10 years
Samantha Baker - Rumer Willis Jake Ryan - Bryan Greenberg - Prime Long Duk Dong - Rajiv Surendra - Mean Girls Ted - Michael Cera Jim Baker - Steve Martin Ginny Baker - Emily Blunt Caroline Mulford - Hayden Panettiere
chasingjamie chasingjamie 10 years
Samantha Baker - Hallie Kate Eisenberg Jake Ryan - Jonathan Bennett Long Duk Dong - Kal Penn Ted, "The Geek" - Johnny Galecki Jim Baker (Samantha's father) - Dustin Hoffman Ginny Baker (Samantha's older sister) - Rachel McAdams Caroline Mulford (Jake's girlfriend) - Hilary Duff
tiatia tiatia 10 years
Samantha Baker - Julie Marie Berman - General hospital Jake Ryan - Hayden Christiansen - Star wars Long Duk Dong - John Cho - Harold and Kumar Ted - Johnathan Malen - Take the lead Jim Baker - Christopher Rich - Reba Ginny Baker - Beverly Mitchell - 7th Heaven Caroline Mulford - Joanna Garcia - Reba
bringmeup bringmeup 10 years
Samantha Baker - Amanda Bynes Jake Ryan - Jared Padalecki Long Duk Dong - Sousuke Takaoka Ted - Topher Grace Jim Baker - James Belushi Ginny Baker - Claire Dane Caroline Mulford - Kristin Kreuk
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
Samantha Baker - Isla Fisher Jake Ryan - Ryan Gosling Long Duk Dong - Masi Oka Ted, "The Geek" - Michael Cera (george michael on arrested development) Jim Baker - Robert Downey Jr. Ginny Baker - Alicia Witt Caroline Mulford - Brittany Murphy
littlemissroro littlemissroro 10 years
There is no way you can recast sixteen candles!! You can never replace Jake Ryan!!
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