What a time to be alive!
An orange bag of toxic gas is headed for the White House and anti-immigrant forces rally across Europe.
What to do when facts and history are considered passe?
Talk about parties, of course.
Office Christmas Party opens Friday, and as kick-ass trailers go, this movie has it covered: hilarious drunken violence, extensive property damage, physical injury and fantastic car crashes. And dancing.
The movie stars Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Courtney B. Vance and Jillian Bell: all Hillary Clinton supporters.
But we digress.
Aniston stars as a snarky CEO about to shut down her brother’s (T.J. Miller) branch operation unless bro lands a big client. The brother’s plan is to woo that client at the best Christmas party ever, so cue the alcohol-fuelled pratfalls and politically incorrect jokes. In honour of what looks like big, stupid fun at the movies, here’s a list of 10 films that include some of the best party footage ever presented.
And sorry, the 1968 groundbreaking party film, The Party, isn’t on this list because then we’d have to explain why Peter Sellers is playing a South Asian.
PROJECT X (2012)
High school nerds hope to get popular by throwing an epic party. All the usual underage sex and drunkenness plus flamethrowers, stun guns and a dog tied to helium balloons, as well as midgets in the oven and people skateboarding off the roof. Some decent laughs here.
THE HANGOVER (2009)
A few regular guys (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha) go to Vegas for a bachelor party and we get to see the aftermath. The boys have no memory of the festivities, but the morning after, they’ve lost teeth and the groom but gained a live tiger, a baby, some new tattoos, a mystery bride and a headache the size of Nevada. Party on!
THIS IS THE END (2013)
What could be more fun than partying at James Franco’s house (with Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel) when the end of the world happens? Booze, girls, Rihanna falling into a sinkhole to hell and The Rapture — any party that involves ascending into heaven can’t be all bad.
ANIMAL HOUSE (1978)
Duelling college fraternities: this is probably the greatest party movie ever made. The cast includes Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hulce, Bruce McGill and Peter Riegert when they were just babies. Remember John Belushi dancing to Otis Day & The Knights singing Shout? Spectacular.
BAD MOMS (2016)
The PTA vote turnout party, fuelled by “sh—ty wine” is brief but hilarious, and it’s important to have girl parties too — especially when the girls involved are Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell.
OLD SCHOOL (2003)
Grown up guys (Vince Vaughan, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell) start a new fraternity to recapture their youth and party-fuelled college days, and proceed to party hardy. Ferrell appears with no clothes on. Doesn’t get much better than that.
21 JUMP STREET (2012)
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are inept cops sent undercover to a high school to infiltrate a drug ring, and to ingratiate themselves with the in crowd they throw a monumental party. True, the party scene ends with a fight and Hill’s character having a knife in his back, but — that’s awesome! And that’s a party.
Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are the dweebs hoping that supplying booze at a massive party will let them hang with the cool kids and maybe even get the girls. Raunchy coming-of-age film has a gentle heart, some great party footage and some great laughs.
This ensemble comedy about guys trying to get a spot for themselves in the Hollywood scene made stars of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. There are a couple of party scenes in the movie, but Favreau dancing that jive, swing, jitterbug thing with Heather Graham is a special party all on its own.
VAN WILDER (2002)
Another stupid booze-fuelled college partying movie, but this time starring Ryan Reynolds, which is always festive. Van Wilder’s rich dad discovers he’s still at college after seven years and cuts him off, so our lad becomes a professional party organizer to raise funds. Kal Penn and Tara Reid co-party.