In a genre overrun by tacky romantics movies, a film like 'Take Me Home Tonight' is wonderfully refreshing. Yes, it'll have some romance as Topher Grace's character bumps into his old high school crush, Tori Trederking (Teresa Palmer), but what sets this film apart from the rest is that it revolves around what could be an absolutely epic party, or, as the film's tagline suggests, the "Best. Night. Ever."
Now here's something we haven't seen in quite a while. 'Easy A' is certainly a hilarious high school comedy, but party-wise, there's really nothing worthy of the "epic" title and something feels wrong about calling a party epic in a film that actually dubs itself "an epic of epic epicness." Sorry, 'Scott Pilgrim.' Oh, and the trippy casino party in 'Percy Jackson?' Not school-related and more of an epic and awkward fail than anything. We're in need of an onscreen schoolparty that isn't just a scene in a movie, rather the reason for the movie's existence – all roads lead to this party. So, before you indulge in what will hopefully be just that in 'Take Me Home Tonight' this weekend, check out an epic list of epic pastime favorites.
'Dazed and Confused' – Party at the Moon Tower
What's key to hosting a high school party? Don't have the keg delivered while your parents are still home. At least there was a bright side to Pickford's blunder, the party at the moon tower. The entire school is there – seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshman and even alumni, specifically David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey). There's drinking, smoking, fights, budding young love; what more could you ask for at a high school party? As epic as this party is, one of the most memorable moon tower moments in the film doesn't even take place at the party, rather as Wooderson spreads the word. And if you really feel like "L-I-V-I-N," there are a slew of "Party at the Moon Tower" products out there like t-shirts and even a necktie. I don't know about the tie, but this shirt in particular is pretty awesome.
'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' – The 10-Year Reunion
The concept of a 10-year high school reunion would be a lot more fun had I gone to high school with people like Romy and Michele. First off, what these ladies go through to prepare for the big night is hilariously ridiculous. You wouldn't think their antics could get any more absurd, but oh, do they. Between the ladies' effort to look all "business-like" to their Post-It scheme to Heather Mooney's reunion with the shady cowboy, this party is packed with everything and anything outrageous. You thought I almost forgot the dance number, didn't you? That moment deserves a little attention of its own. It's basically impossible to hear the song "Time After Time" without picturing Romy and Michele having their magical moment with Sandy Frink. Relive it for yourself below:
'Can't Hardly Wait' – The Last Party of the Year
What didn't happen at this party? Preston (Ethan Embry) is in pursuit of his recently single high school crush, Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt), while she's fending off all of the other guys who see her situation as the golden opportunity, including her own cousin. Then there's her ex, Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli) who's unknowingly the target of William Lichter (Charlie Korsmo) and his band of nerds' plan to humiliate him for the years of torment. Meanwhile, Special K (Seth Green) is on the prowl for his "lucky one," Denise Fleming (Lauren Ambrose) gets a pot brownie to the face, Jenna Elfman is an angel stripper, Jerry O'Connell is a horny douche bag, Vicki's (Melissa Joan Hart) coveted yearbook takes a swim and so much more. The drunken antics are certainly nonstop at this party, but of the bunch, there's no other moment I'd rather be part of than this one:
'Empire Records' – Save The Empire Party
Okay, so this isn't exactly a school party per se, but it does involve a bunch of pre-college kids attempting to save the store they work for. What happens when the independent, free-spirited record store you love is about to be swallowed up by a massive franchise? It's easy; you find a kid to rob your store, have an employee hunt him down in a wicked chase scene set to the tune of "Ready, Steady, Go," get the kid to come back with a vengeance and a gun, catch him again then hijack the local news report to promote the bash. In the midst of sharing good tunes, selling music memorabilia and serving old ladies in curlers beer, you just set up a jar with a sign that says "Give Us Your Money" and within no time, you'll have enough to buy the store yourself. See? It's that easy. Oh, but don't forget to get Renee Zellweger to belt out the chorus of "Sugar High" on the roof, otherwise, the party is bound to be a bust.
'Superbad' – Jules' Party
Mark's party came close to snagging this honor, but as amusing as it is listening to Michael Cera sing "These Eyes" and watching Jonah Hill try to cover up a nasty stain on his pants, it's Jule's party where everything in this film comes to a head and it's absolutely hilarious. McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) finally gets with Nicola, Becca (Martha MacIsaac) barfs on Evan and Seth gets to be the king of the party. The trio might be some of the biggest losers at school, but if it weren't for them, Jules' party would never have been as unforgettably out of control. The highlight of this one? No, not when Officers Slater and Michaels cock block McLovin or when Seth carries Evan to safety, but something short and sweet – when Seth head butts Jules. Not only does the guy spill his heart to the girl he loves and get rejected, but then he proceeds to pass out and bash her in the face. Ouch for both parties involved.
'Scream' – Stu's Party
As much fun as it is to watch drunken messes make fools of themselves and characters behave hilariously irrational, we've got to honor one of the best high school bloodbaths of them all, the grand finale of 'Scream,' Stu's party. In true high school party fashion, this bash boasts booze and sex, but unlike the rest on this list, from there, it's all about the bloodshed. We've got Tatum's (Rose McGowan) garage door demise, bloody windshield wiping courtesy of Kenny the cameraman (W. Earl Brown), death-by-TV and so much more all coming to fruition in one of the most insane killer revelations ever. Not only do Stu and Billy (Matthew Lillard and Skeet Ulrich) divulge the details of their plan, but the two proceed to top it all off by stabbing one another. What other school party has that?
'She's All That' – Prom
Thanks to this film, just about every pre-high school grad dreams of having a prom like this – an absolutely massive event with gorgeous decorations, a dance floor packed with professional dancers, Usher as a DJ and, of course, the end of an epic battle for prom queen between the most popular girl at school and the nerd-turned-bombshell. All of this is a heck of a lot of fun to watch, but what makes this onscreen prom more unforgettable that anything is the choreographed dance to Fatboy Slim's "The Rockafella Skank." Is this a high school comedy or a musical? I don't know who thought having the student body break out into that dance would seem logical whatsoever, but apparently they knew what they were doing because, realistic or not, the choreographed dance and dream prom now go hand in hand.