Here is a list of the best parties I’ve seen in films. They’re wild, they’re crazy, they’re funny – and they’ve all played a part in my career as a professional party animal.
Back To School
This is one of my all-time favourite films, and one of my favourite scenes within it. Thornton Mellon (Rodney Dangerfield) has knocked the walls out of three college dorm rooms and turned them into one big party pad. There’s a bar, a hot tub, and Oingo Boingo are playing. I never went to a party like this at uni sadly, but I wish I did.
Also from Back To School, here is my number one favourite scene. Technically it’s at a party, but not a fun one – Thornton’s soon to be ex-wife has thrown an artsy fartsy soiree for her fancy friends and he just can’t get on board. This is how he treats fussy party food, and I applaud him:
This film has been my fashion inspiration since it came out. The party scene is short but sweet, full of awkward slapstick from Tie (Brittany Murphy) and an amazing red dress on Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and loads of white kids trying to look cool while dancing to Coolio. I could not find a single video of just the party scene (there were only Brittany RIP compilations) so here’s the trailer to take you back:
10 Things I Hate About You
This party rules because Julia Stiles rips it up to Biggie’s ‘Hypnotize’. Always sticks out in my mind. And Heath Ledger still had an accent – so dreamy.
Kegs. Questionable party soundtrack. Forced make-out sessions in a closet. Sunglasses indoors. “You have to eat this whole bowl of Jell-O”.
Art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. The writers of the film Project X took all the elements of the craziest parties ever had and turned it up 500%. People have been throwing Project X parties ever since, with disastrous results. Here’s the trailer, because any other clips from this film were too raunchy to post on this website!
80s music, John Cusack, Anthony Michael Hall, and whoever played that heartthrob Jake Ryan. In the party scene, AMH gets trapped in one of those minimal glass box coffee tables, and the nerds upset the jocks by accidentally knocking down their beer can pyramid. Teenage drinking, the house is trashed, the popular girl gets her comeuppance, all great elements of an 80s high school film.
This is what I imagine my Dad’s parties were like, based on some of the stories he’s told me. I have a feeling he liked to break the fun meter in his youth and the apple does not fall far. I like the idea of a live band at a party, in this scene Otis Day & The Knights bring the house down.
I love a dance-off. Oh boy do I love a dance-off. Especially when it combines off-the-wall fashion, hip hop, and the sweetest moves ever made:
So there you have it, my top parties from films. I hope these make you feel inspired for when you’re planning your next shindig!
Did you like this post? Did I leave out any epic parties? Please comment below, I’d love to hear from you!