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The Most Memorable Parties

What makes a memorable party? The ones that stick in the memory for good or ill.

It goes without saying that they never go to plan. All the organising in the world can’t compensate for the unexpected…

Unexpected guests, a culinary disaster or two, drunken revelations and the nightmare of emotional or physical violence can all mar the perfect celebration. In Sally Potter’s The Party, we see all of this and more. But these aren’t the only things that can make a party memorable. We’ve selected what we think are some of our favourite and most memorable party scenes below.

Toni Erdmann  (Maren Ade, 2017)

Unannounced naked birthday celebrations are the climactic key in Maren Ade’s surprising, hilarious and ultimately heartfelt father-daughter comedy. Serious corporate business woman Ines decides at the last minute to celebrate her birthday brunch in her birthday suit and insists all the guests do the same! Respect to those that went along with it!

Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom  (Steven Spielberg, 1984)

Sometimes it can be exciting to be surprised by what will be on the menu at a grand dinner party. However, following a plane crash, a white water rafting close shave, and a terrifying trek through the jungle, Indy and his companions Willie and Short Round finally think they’ve found sanctuary as they are invited to a lavish, decadent meal deep in a glorious palace deep in the Indian jungle. But the surprise feast of deliciously grotesque snakes, crunchy bugs, eye-ball soup and chilled monkey brains are perhaps not the comfort food they were craving. Bon Apetite!

mother!  (Darren Aaronofsky, 2017)

Imagine the most unwanted and uninvited guests imposing themselves in your quite idyllic home – then imagine they bring all their friends and start partaking in some of the most upsetting and disturbing acts imaginable. Welcome to Jennifer Lawrence’s world in Darren Aaronosfky’s controversial parable.

A Ghost Story  (David Lowery, 2017)

So not only are you dead and forced to witness time and your loved ones move on while you’re trapped in a cosmic purgatory – but now you have to listen to some guy have an existential debate and mansplain his thoughts on life, the universe and everything in your kitchen. Tough break!

Citizen Kane  (Orson Welles, 1941)

Need your party to go off with a bang and really make a name for yourself? Don’t be subtle, take a leaf out of Charles Foster Kane’s book and and hire a marching band with chorus girls to sing a song all about you! It is your party after all!

The Wolf Of Wall Street  (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

Business pow-wows at rambunctious house parties are the way of the world for Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Di Caprio) and his cohorts in Scorsese’s hilarious re-telling of the controversial Wall Street trader. However, things get even more out of hand (and some things going very inappropriately in hand) when Donnie (Jonah Hill) drops one too many Quaalude pills and gets a bit too excited when he sees the gorgeous Naomi (Margot Robbie) from across the room.

Animal House  (John Landis, 1978)

We’ve all been there. You’re at a party looking to celebrate, have a good time, maybe get down and have a dance-off, and then some guy thinks it’s the appropriate time to get deep and soulful with an acoustic ballad. Luckily for the Animal House guests John Belushi acts accordingly!

The Great Gatsby  (Baz Lurhmann, 2013)

If you’re planning a party, they sky is the limit, so reach high and follow Jay Gatsby’s example. Surely this is the party to end all parties! And also, what a smile!

The Party is available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on 19 February. Pre-order your copy at

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