LORELAI: However, not really, since you’ve never actually been to one you’re basing all your dance opinions on one midnight viewing of Sixteen Candles.
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 teen comedy film directed by John Hughes, starring Molly Ringwald. As earlier discussed, it is about a girl named Samantha “Sam”, whose family appear to have forgotten her sixteenth birthday. A significant portion of the film is set at a school dance, where a geeky younger student with a crush on Sam tries to take her knickers for a bet, while Sam pines for a boy named Jake. The film was a commercial success, and was well reviewed; it’s now regarded as one of the best films of 1984.
Lorelai must have taken Rory to see a midnight screening of the film at the Black-White-Read Bookstore, probably within the last year or two. Now that we know Rory has seen the film, it’s opens up the possibility that the Happy Birthday song from the film was actually playing in Rory’s head during the birthday invitation scene.