AMERICAN PIE (1999)
Whether it’s Jim, Kevin, or Oz you identify with, everyone wants to throw a party like Stifler. Sure, he’s crass, callous and overall repugnant, but his lavish house parties (he has no shortage of mansions) deliver what high school dreams are made of – red cups and all. And they’re seemingly open to everyone – even those who think his mum has it going on.
THIS IS THE END (2013)
The best thing about being caught in the Armageddon at James Franco’s house is that the party continues long after the chaos has begun. As if watching Michael Cera act like a complete jack*ss in the midst of Hollywood’s A-list isn’t entertaining enough, the magic truly happens when the group of survivors get to work on making Pineapple Express 2.
THE MATRIX RELOADED (2003)
Who said the red pill doesn’t promise any fun? While the rest of humanity sleeps under watch of the machines in tubs of goo, the residents of Zion are raving like there’s no tomorrow – literally. Maybe they had a little too much of Dozer’s moonshine, but a sweaty dance orgy seems like a perfectly reasonable way to prepare for a post-post-apocalypse.
BACHELOR PARTY (1984)
Bachelor parties usually mean all kinds of trouble, but when one collides with a bachelorette party, you better expect a big clean-up bill from hotel management. We’re all for inexplicable headgear, belly dancers, live donkeys, and general pre-marital destruction – but what really drives the debauchery is Tom Hanks’ go-go dancing on a countertop.
WEIRD SCIENCE (1985)
When the dream girl you created with your computer invites a block-full of kids into your house to let loose, it’s probably best to just roll with it. After all, nothing says ‘party’ like a pack of mutant bikers taking your love interests hostage and a missile emerging from your living room floor. Oh, and Robert Downey Jr. wearing a bra for a hat.
JOHN WICK (2014)
The music must’ve been bangin’ at this club, ’cos even a shootout on the dance floor didn’t seem to kill the vibe. Then again, if Keanu Reeves comes waltzing through your club and punching Russian mobsters in the chest with bullets to avenge his dog and stolen car, who wouldn’t stick around to see the show and cheer him on?
CAN’T HARDLY WAIT (1998)
While the 21 Jump Street reboot taught us that the high school social hierarchy has long eroded, this house party would’ve been one of the first to break the barrier. The nerds reign supreme in the party scene as the all-grown-up kid from Hook wins over the cool kids, while beating Axl Rose at his own game in his rendition of “Paradise City”.
While there’s no joy to be had in the lowest class of this dystopian train ride, up at the front of the vessel is a whole other story. A 24-hour party carriage full of revellers that look like they were dressed by The Hunger Games’ costume department, this is a non-stop party if we’ve ever seen one. Just avoid the opium den ahead.
PROJECT X (2012)
There are plenty of real-life house parties getting wildly out of hand, but they’re just not…big enough. Add a bouncing castle, some makeshift skate ramps, drive a car straight into the backyard pool, and get a cameraman with real shaky hands to capture it all on video – now we’re talking! Did we mention a dude with a flamethrower obliterating the neighbourhood?
THE HANGOVER (2009)
You know you had a blast when you can’t remember a thing about what you did the night before. While we only get snapshots of what ‘the wolf pack’ got up to during the closing credits, a tiger in the hotel bathroom, missing teeth, Spring Break beads and a visit from Mike Tyson mean it was one heck of a ride.
This article was originally published in JUICE Singapore December 2015, Issue #207, and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.