Here’s a look at five great movie parties. You don’t even have to RSVP — just come as you are:
"Animal House" (1978): It is, of course, the gold standard. When I was in school, every fraternity wanted to reach such heights of hedonism (or depths, depending on your perspective). But they could never match the men of Delta Tau Chi. They are, as you well know, the worst house at Faber College. So just when they’re on the verge of being kicked off campus for their horrendous grades and various other offenses, they do the only thing they can do: throw a toga party. Yes, "Shout" is massively overplayed by now — you hear it at every bar mitzvah and accounting firm holiday party — but seeing Otis Day and the Knights perform it in this gleefully debauched setting was perfect.
"Sixteen Candles" (1984): The quintessential John Hughes movie bash — the kind of party that only happens in the movies, where high school kids from every level of the social hierarchy get together to trash some ridiculous mansion. ("Project X" similarly aims for this kind of egalitarian spirit.) This is a party where anything can and does happen, where a geek (Anthony Michael Hall) can befriend the studliest guy in school and wind up taking the prom queen home. Even the politically incorrect Long Duk Dong gets lucky with his new-style American girlfriend.