Ninety minutes of proof that parties are sources of never-ending angst. You need someone over the age limit to buy the booze – your high school friend with an ID that reads "McLovin" will do. You’ve got to impress the girls – Seth works out that headbutting them in the face works a charm. And in American movies, there’s always the chance the cops will show up – we just wish all of them were as warped as Bill Hader and Seth Rogen.
Le Diner de Cons (1998)
The French show us how slapstick should be done (bear with us) in Le Diner de Cons, the story of a snob called Pierre who holds a dinner party each week where the guests try to bring the biggest idiot. Pierre makes the mistake of selecting matchstick-obsessed Francois Pignon who proceeds to ruin his life. Avoid the Steve Carrell remake Dinner for Schmucks – the pain of subtitles is worth putting up with for the superior French original.
Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Finding out that you have to kill someone at your ten-year high school reunion party is the kind of zany scenario that only John Cusack characters seem to experience. Add Minnie Driver into the mix as the love interest that hitman Martin Q Blank abandoned on prom night and Hank Azaria as the agent who’s on his tail and suddenly there’s a whole new meaning to the tragedy that is dancing around in your old school hall.
Animal House (1978)
National Lampoon’s Animal House pioneered the gross-out genre long before assaults on apple pie were commonplace. The film follows a group of fraternity members who battle against university administrators to stay enrolled. The flick is famous for birthing the infamous Toga party, for which you may or may not be thankful for in equal measure.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
This film adaptation of a stage musical sees the famous Chicken Ranch brothel – headed by Dolly Parton – threatened by closure as a result of the actions of Texas authorities. Burt Reynolds plays the long arm of the law as politicians, football teams and fun-seeking gentleman get their jollies sitting around watching scantily clad women. Not much has changed there then.