Van Wilder (2002)
Before he was jetting about the galaxy as Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds was best-known for his role as “party liaison” Van Wilder, a student who spends six years organising parties on campus, but has to clean up his act when his dad cuts off his allowance. Astonishingly, it's based on the true story of Bert "The Machine" Kreischer, who ended up hanging out with mafiosi on a school trip to Russia. Funnily enough, they left that bit out of the film.
We've all been to a party where an unwelcome guest has a bit too much to drink and ends up spilling wine on your living room carpet, being sick in a plant pot and insulting the other guests. So it is with Cloverfield, in which a group of Manhattan party-goers find their revelries rudely interrupted by a giant monster that emerges from the sea to attack New York City. Still, at least they got a good view of the monster's rampage from the rooftop‚ with nibbles to hand.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Jaded journo Marcello flits from party to party in a futile attempt to find meaning in his life in Federico Fellini's classic drama. Set during Italy's economic miracle, the film's succession of parties and orgies symbolise the moral corruption and decadence of the 'New' Rome's glitterati.
Boogie Nights (1997)
Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar-winning yarn about the ‘70s porn industry is a paean to decadent disco-era revelry. And a party is one of the pivotal scenes – a bash on New Year’s Eve 1979 heralds the arrival of the darker, more tragic 1980s when Little Bill shoots his adulterous wife, her lover and then himself. It's all downhill from there.
Risky Business (1983)
What do you do if you’re an everyday Chicago teen in the ‘80s who needs to raise some serious cash to pay for your Dad’s wrecked Porsche? If you’re Joel Goodson (a young Tom Cruise), you turn your house into a brothel. Recreate the dancing in your shirt scene in your own time.