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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: 31.184%
Critics Consensus: A clumsy and scattered comedy with a poorly executed script.
A comedy set in New York's East Village on New Year's Eve 1981, "200 Cigarettes" follows various young couples and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.088%
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.
On the heels of his success with the groundbreaking drama Boyhood, director Richard Linklater shifts gears to sports for this... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.905%
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.
Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.82%
Critics Consensus: Full of humor and nostalgia, Adventureland is a sweet, insightful coming-of-age comedy that will resonate with teens and adults alike.
Inspired by writer/director Greg Mottola's own true-life job-from-hell experience, Adventureland stars The Education of Charlie Banks' Jesse Eisenberg as an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.969%
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.
Writer and director Cameron Crowe's experiences as a teenage rock journalist -- he was a regular contributor to Rolling Stone... [More]
Adjusted Score: 37.453%
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.
Christina Applegate stars in this convoluted comedy that comes across as a teen fantasy combination of Home Alone and Working... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43.155%
Critics Consensus: Beerfest features some laugh-inducing gags, but is too long and the pacing too uneven to form a coherent, functioning comedy.
When American brothers Todd and Jan Wolfhouse travel to Germany to spread their grandfather's ashes at Oktoberfest, they stumble upon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47.823%
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 clichéd gags and forced sentimentality.
In OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, when the CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he (T.J. Miller) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44.861%
Critics Consensus: Occasionally clever and moderately intelligent, Can't Hardly Wait also contains too many cheap laughs, recycled plotting, and flat characters.
First-time writers-directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan make a summer movie filled with the angst of graduation.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46.65%
Critics Consensus: A tiresome movie about unsympathetic college kids engaging in self-destructive behaviors.
Set in an affluent New England liberal arts college in the 1980's, an emerging sexual triangle emerges between Sean Bateman,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.18%
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 dimwitted pals attempt to fib their way through their high school reunion with disastrous results in this bubbly comedy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.076%
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 valedictorian begins dating an irresponsible army brat, much to the dismay of her father. After breaking off the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47.382%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Actor Hart Bochner turns director in the satirical Animal House update P.C.U.. Per the title, the film takes place on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59.359%
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.
"The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.14%
Critics Consensus: Spring Breakers blends stinging social commentary with bikini cheesecake and a bravura James Franco performance.
Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since grade school.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.903%
Critics Consensus: Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger add strong performances to an unexpectedly clever script, elevating 10 Things (slightly) above typical teen fare.
Popular, pretty Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) is in dilemma. A family rule forbids her from dating until her unpopular, rebellious,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.517%
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.
Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.037%
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.
A college fraternity that houses the school's socially awkward, thick-glasses-sporting set decides to exact their revenge on the football players... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.341%
Critics Consensus: Baz Luhrmann's visual aesthetic is as divisive as it is fresh and inventive.
The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.509%
Critics Consensus: With plenty of bawdy humor evenly spread between its well-matched stars, Neighbors earns its R rating -- and filmgoers' laughs.
Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne lead the cast of Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple suffering from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.212%
Critics Consensus: Though its heady themes are a departure from its predecessor, The Matrix Reloaded is a worthy sequel packed with popcorn-friendly thrills.
After creating an international sensation with the visually dazzling and intellectually challenging sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers returned... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.167%
Critics Consensus: Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, and features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Two guys find out the hard way that sneaking into the wrong party can cause serious problems in this comedy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.011%
Critics Consensus: Kubrick's intense study of the human psyche yields an impressive cinematic work.
After learning of his wife's flirtatious behavior, Dr. William Harford goes on an odyssey of his own.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 29.955%
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.
Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic and ultimately touching blast from the past set to an awesome soundtrack... [More]
Adjusted Score: 32.592%
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.
The Hangover's Todd Phillips produces this top-secret comedy from writers Matt Drake and Michael Bacall, with helming duties handled by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.573%
Critics Consensus: So embarrassing it's believable, American Pie succeeds in bringing back the teen movie genre.
In this wild Unrated version of the hit comedy, follow the raging hormones of four teenage boys and their girls... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.549%
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.
Young parents Mac (Seth Rogen and Kelly Radnor (Rose Byrne) find their troubles are far from over in this sequel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 55.441%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Tom Hanks stars in this raunchy teen comedy from veteran screenwriters Pat Proft and Neil Israel, who had previously collaborated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.598%
Critics Consensus: While not consistently funny, the movie does have its moments.
A trio of twenty something buddies tries to recapture the outrageous, irrepressible fun of their college years by starting their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.01%
Critics Consensus: Its flagrantly silly script -- and immensely likable cast -- make up for most of its flaws.
"Hot Tub Time Machine" follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: Adam has been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.697%
Critics Consensus: Director Billy Wilder's customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.19%
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.
Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.014%
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.
Jane Austen might never have imagined that her 1816 novel Emma could be turned into a fresh and satirical look... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.684%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Peter Sellers is a disaster-prone actor from India who is at first thrown off the set by the producer of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.547%
Critics Consensus: Energetic, self-deprecating performances and enough guffaw-inducing humor make up for the flaws in This Is the End loosely written script.
The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.126%
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.
Risky Business is the film in which 19-year-old Tom Cruise dances around his living room in his underwear. He does... [More]
Adjusted Score: 112.624%
Critics Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and fresh, Booksmart does the seemingly impossible by adding a smart new spin to the coming-of-age comedy.
The story follows Dever and Feldstein's characters, two academic superstars and best friends who, on the eve of their high... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.371%
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.
When three parents stumble upon their daughters' pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.756%
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.
On the eve of her sister's wedding, suburban teenager Samantha (Molly Ringwald) suffers silently as her family forgets her birthday.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.898%
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.
Jane Austen's perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes returns to the screen in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 20.255%
Critics Consensus: A derivative gross-out comedy that's short on laughs.
The "National Lampoon" franchise is resurrected for another politically incorrect collegiate romp with this R-rated gross-out sex comedy. National Lampoon's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 29.56%
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.
Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what he was supposed to do. But when his two best friends... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.117%
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.
Director John Landis put himself on the map with this low-budget, fabulously successful comedy, which made a then-astounding 62 million... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.528%
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.
Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108.668%
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.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59.957%
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.
John Hughes's third directorial effort, Weird Science, follows in the tradition of his previous teen-centered films, Sixteen Candles and The... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.31%
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.
Biopic of the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th century monarchy,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.4%
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.
SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this Universal Studios comedy about a pair of 30-something sisters who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.893%
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.
A genuine crowd-pleaser, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.36%
Critics Consensus: House Party is a light, entertaining teen comedy with an infectious energy.
House Party is an infectious, engaging comedy starring the rap duo Kid 'N Play. Kid (Christopher Reid) decides to throw... [More]