Parents are out of town. A frat needs to raise money. Someone's trying to get lucky. There are countless reasons to throw a house party, and there are just as many movies celebrating the all-American teenage tradition.
On November 29, the film series devoted to that ritual returns when Fuse debuts House Party 5: Tonight's the Night at 8p/7c. And yes, unlike the fourth installment in the series, Kid 'n Play—the pioneering rapper-actor duo that starred in the first three—are back for House Party 5... because it just ain't a house party without them.
From Animal House to Superbad to Sixteen Candles, here's the 10 Craziest House Parties in Movie History.
It's not the finest entry in the series, but it does have one thing no other on-screen house party does: TLC!!! The Atlanta trio play hard-hitting rap act Sex As a Weapon and are totally incredible to watch in action. Plus, Bernie Mac and Chris Tucker (in his first film appearance) are along for the ride as Kid 'n Play try to bring a bachelor party together.
What's scarier than no one showing up to your party? Everyone showing up to your party because you put an ad on Craigslist. Filmed from the perspective of a partygoer and using fresh-faced actors, Project X's depiction of teenage partying was extreme enough that every critic over the age of 30 decried it as evil. That didn't stop everyone under 20 from seeing it.
The movie Tom Hanks would like to forget (he starred in this bro-y comedy on the cusp of super-stardom) is also one of the classic '80s comedies. The titular bachelor party involves a hotel-room orgy that was one of the wildest things depicted in a mainstream movie at the time. Plus, the New Wave soundtrack is incredible.
Not many movies take the title of a beloved classic rock song and force our collective consciousness to re-associate it with the image of a teenage boy banging an apple pie. This is one of those rare gems. The senior year house party that wraps the movie finds characters discovering themselves, their sexuality and the sexuality of their friend's all-too-attractive mother. Most house parties don't end this way, and our country is better for it.
The senior dance after-party in John Hughes' classic Sixteen Candles is great, but the scene depicting the damage done to Jake Ryan's house the next morning is even more memorable. Crumpled cans, hungover people, underwear and a half-eaten pizza sitting on his turntable while the needle desperately tries to play the 'za like it's a record. God bless John Hughes.