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50 Movies With Epic Parties To Stream Right Now
In these days of six-feet-apart distancing, the idea of throwing/attending/completely humiliating yourself at a wild party is out of the question – no matter how much you might currently be fantasizing about doing just that. We here at Rotten Tomatoes have been feeling the itch for company of late too, and with that in mind decided to help bring the party home to you – with the help of some of the most out-of-control gatherings ever committed to screen. Start streaming one of the films below and – voila – you’ll be surrounded by booze, music, and friends. (Bonus: Your friends might include Kirsten Dunst, Seth Rogen, and Dave Chappelle.)
There’s something for everyone here: a ton of house parties for those looking for a Solo cup vibe; decadent bacchanals for those who want to live fancy (Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby, Marie Antoinette); office parties for those missing their colleagues (The Apartment, Office Christmas Party); and a sci-fi rave (The Matrix: Reloaded), a period ball (Pride and Prejudice), and some kink (Eyes Wide Shut) for good measure. (Note: We decided to leave some epic parties out, because, well, we didn’t like how the ended – looking at you Carrie and Scream.)
With that said, it’s now time to do our hair, grab something from mom’s liquor cabinet, and call an Uber – er, we mean, plonk ourselves on the couch. Party’s about to start and you don’t want to be unfashionably late.
Let us know your favorite movie party in the comments – and which movie characters you’d have on your party guest list. To see where to stream each movie, click into the title for more details.
Adjusted Score: 32625%
Critics Consensus: A clumsy and scattered comedy with a poorly executed script.
On New Year's Eve 1981, young adults (Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle) seek belonging, a big party, romance and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97600%
Critics Consensus: Nostalgic in the best sense, Everybody Wants Some!! finds Richard Linklater ambling through the past with a talented cast, a sweetly meandering story, and a killer classic rock soundtrack.
In 1980 Texas, a college freshman (Blake Jenner) meets his new baseball teammates (Will Brittain, Ryan Guzman), an unruly group... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94952%
Critics Consensus: Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.
Separation anxiety poses a problem for two co-dependent high-school seniors (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera) who hope to score booze and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95952%
Critics Consensus: Full of humor and nostalgia, Adventureland is a sweet, insightful coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with teens and adults alike.
A college grad (Jesse Eisenberg) takes a lowly job at an amusement park after his parents refuse to fund his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96557%
Critics Consensus: Almost Famous, with its great ensemble performances and story, is a well-crafted, warm-hearted movie that successfully draws you into its era.
An aspiring teenage rock journalist gets his big break when he follows an up-and-coming band on its tour.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38373%
Critics Consensus: It has an amusing enough premise, but Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead will just leave viewers pining for the madcap hijinks promised by the title.
With the sitter dead, a Los Angeles teen (Christina Applegate) lands a job in the fashion industry to feed her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43745%
Critics Consensus: Beerfest features some laugh-inducing gags, but is too long and the pacing too uneven to form a coherent, functioning comedy.
Two brothers (Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter) from America discover a secret and centuries-old competition involving beer games during Germany's Oktoberfest.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48553%
Critics Consensus: Its cast of gifted comics is good for a handful of laughs, but Office Christmas Party's overstuffed plot ultimately proves roughly as disappointing as its clichÃ©d gags and forced sentimentality.
Hoping to close a sale and save their jobs, two co-workers (Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller) must rally their colleagues to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44692%
Critics Consensus: Occasionally clever and moderately intelligent, Can't Hardly Wait also contains too many cheap laughs, recycled plotting, and flat characters.
A teen (Ethan Embry) decides to proclaim his love for a classmate (Jennifer Love Hewitt) at their high-school graduation party.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47541%
Critics Consensus: A tiresome movie about unsympathetic college kids engaging in self-destructive behaviors.
A drug dealer (James Van Der Beek), a bisexual (Ian Somerhalder) and the latter's ex-girlfriend (Shannyn Sossamon) search for love... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76911%
Critics Consensus: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion has an admittedly slight premise, but it's elevated by ample heart, an infectiously playful spirit, and the buoyant chemistry of Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino.
Two pinheads (Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow) try to impress former classmates with far-fetched success stories.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100930%
Critics Consensus: One of the definitive Generation X movies, Say Anything... is equally funny and heartfelt -- and it established John Cusack as an icon for left-of-center types everywhere.
A high-school senior (John Cusack) falls in love with an honor student (Ione Skye) bound for studies in England.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46718%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Politically correct collegians unite against the residents of a dorm where offensive behavior is encouraged.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61521%
Critics Consensus: While certainly ambitious -- and every bit as visually dazzling as one might expect -- Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby emphasizes visual splendor at the expense of its source material's vibrant heart.
A writer (Tobey Maguire) gets swept up in the affairs of Jazz Age New York's wealthy elite when he moves... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75107%
Critics Consensus: Spring Breakers blends stinging social commentary with bikini cheesecake and a bravura James Franco performance.
Four college friends (Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine) are arrested after robbing a restaurant to fund their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72488%
Critics Consensus: Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger add strong performances to an unexpectedly clever script, elevating 10 Things (slightly) above typical teen fare.
A pretty, popular student can't date until her rebellious older sister (Julia Stiles) gets a suitor of her own.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75169%
Critics Consensus: The Night Before provokes enough belly laughs to qualify as a worthwhile addition to the list of Christmas comedies worth revisiting, even if it isn't quite as consistent as the classics.
As their annual reunion tradition comes to an end, three lifelong friends (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie) plan a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72672%
Critics Consensus: Undeniably lowbrow but surprisingly sly, Revenge of the Nerds has enough big laughs to qualify as a minor classic in the slobs-vs.-snobs subgenre.
College freshmen Skolnick (Robert Carradine) and Gilbert (Anthony Edwards) form their own fraternity for computer-whiz misfits.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76151%
Critics Consensus: Baz Luhrmann's visual aesthetic is as divisive as it is fresh and inventive.
Twentieth-century teenagers (Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes) fall in love, despite feuding families, in an update of the classic tragedy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82873%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars, Neighbors earns its R rating -- and filmgoers' laughs.
Parents with a baby move into a quiet neighborhood to start a new stage of life. However, they find out... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81428%
Critics Consensus: Though its heady themes are a departure from its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded is a worthy sequel packed with popcorn-friendly thrills.
Freedom fighters (Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss) use extraordinary skills and weaponry to revolt against machines.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81922%
Critics Consensus: Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Two divorce mediators (Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn) spend a wild weekend partying with a politician (Christopher Walken) and his eccentric... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83190%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
A doctor (Tom Cruise) explores his relationship with his wife (Nicole Kidman) by delving into a sensual underworld.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 31866%
Critics Consensus: It has a charming sweetness about it, but Take Me Home Tonight is neither funny nor original enough to live up to the comedies it evokes.
A directionless college grad (Topher Grace) sees a chance to win the girl of his dreams when she invites him... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33964%
Critics Consensus: Unoriginal, unfunny, and all-around unattractive, Project X mines the depths of the teen movie and found-footage genres for 87 minutes of predictably mean-spirited debauchery.
Three anonymous high-school seniors decide to make their mark by throwing a party that no one will ever forget.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67422%
Critics Consensus: So embarrassing it's believable, American Pie succeeds in bringing back the teen movie genre.
Four teenagers nearing graduation make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72741%
Critics Consensus: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising may not be strictly necessary, but it still wrings a surprising amount of humor from a recycled premise with a distaff twist.
A man (Seth Rogen), his pregnant wife (Rose Byrne) and their former neighbor (Zac Efron) clash with wild and rebellious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54952%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Hookers, a mule and a suicidal friend show up at the hotel bash for a school-bus driver (Tom Hanks) getting... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65490%
Critics Consensus: While not consistently funny, the movie does have its moments.
Three friends (Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn) try to recapture the fun of their college years by starting their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70463%
Critics Consensus: Its flagrantly silly script -- and immensely likable cast -- make up for most of its flaws.
Following a night of drinking in a ski-resort hot tub, four pals awake in 1986, getting a chance to rewrite... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102975%
Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
A corporate climber (Jack Lemmon), whose boss (Fred MacMurray) and others use his apartment for hanky-panky, aids a young woman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97982%
Critics Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.
A producer (Burt Reynolds) guides a young man (Mark Wahlberg) to success in the 1970s porn industry, but greed and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90108%
Critics Consensus: A funny and clever reshaping of Emma, Clueless offers a soft satire that pokes as much fun at teen films as it does at the Beverly Hills glitterati.
A Beverly Hills teen (Alicia Silverstone) plays matchmaker for teachers, transforms a bad dresser (Brittany Murphy) and examines her own... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84370%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
An accident-prone Indian actor literally brings down the house when he shows up at an exclusive Hollywood party.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92757%
Critics Consensus: Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.
Cabin fever and dwindling supplies threaten to tear apart six friends who are trapped in a house together after cataclysmic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96218%
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of Tom Cruise's best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of exploring dark themes.
A call girl (Rebecca De Mornay) helps a Princeton applicant (Tom Cruise) turn his home into a one-night brothel.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 116682%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
Two high school overachievers decide to cram four years of not-to-be missed fun into one night -- a chaotic adventure... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94925%
Critics Consensus: Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy -- one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective.
Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell learn that their teenage daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. The worried parents... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86788%
Critics Consensus: Significantly more mature than the teen raunch comedies that defined the era, Sixteen Candles is shot with compassion and clear respect for its characters and their hang-ups.
A girl turning 16 likes another girl's guy (Michael Schoeffling) and feels nobody cares about her birthday.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92667%
Critics Consensus: Sure, it's another adaptation of cinema's fave Jane Austen novel, but key performances and a modern filmmaking sensibility make this familiar period piece fresh and enjoyable.
A convoluted courtship begins between a young woman (Keira Knightley) and the handsome friend (Matthew MacFadyen) of a wealthy bachelor.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 20851%
Critics Consensus: A derivative gross-out comedy that's short on laughs.
An underachieving collegian (Ryan Reynolds) needs money to stay in school after his father (Tim Matheson) cuts off his funds.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 30621%
Critics Consensus: Though it strives to mimic The Hangover, 21 and Over is too predictable, too unabashedly profane, and too inconsistently funny to carry the torch.
The night before his crucial med-school interview, a college student (Justin Chon) and his two best friends (Miles Teller, Skylar... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96262%
Critics Consensus: The talents of director John Landis and Saturday Night Live's irrepressible John Belushi conspired to create a rambunctious, subversive college comedy that continues to resonate.
Bluto (John Belushi), Otter and the rowdy Deltas make fools of the dean and the square Omegas at 1962 Faber... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96974%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Assorted teens waste another day of school before getting down to wasting summer in 1976 Austin, Texas.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 110718%
Critics Consensus: Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building.
Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, high school student Peter Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60968%
Critics Consensus: Hardly in the same league as John Hughes' other teen movies, the resolutely goofy Weird Science nonetheless gets some laughs via its ridiculous premise and enjoyable performances.
Two high-school nerds (Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith) computer-generate a magic beauty (Kelly LeBrock) who shows them how to meet... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64402%
Critics Consensus: Lavish imagery and a daring soundtrack set this film apart from most period dramas; in fact, style completely takes precedence over plot and character development in Coppola's vision of the doomed queen.
An Austrian teenager (Kirsten Dunst) becomes queen of France, then later loses her head during the French Revolution.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68031%
Critics Consensus: Sisters' sharp blend of pathos and vulgarity, along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's effervescent chemistry, are more than enough to make up for the handful of laughs this coming-of-age comedy leaves on the table.
A recently divorced woman (Amy Poehler) and her hotheaded sister (Tina Fey) throw a party that spirals out of control... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96623%
Critics Consensus: Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a raucous return to the spotlight for the comic, buoyed by witty, infectious humor and outstanding musical performances.
Actor, writer and comic Dave Chappelle loads up a bus with residents of his Ohio hometown and takes them to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94842%
Critics Consensus: House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.
Kid is grounded by his dad for fighting, but he is determined to sneak out to go to a huge... [More]