Going out to watch movies with friends is one of the things we all are missing out on due to this pandemic, but technological advancement has blessed us with alternatives! It is now possible to watch movies with our friends from the comfort of our homes.
Amazon has come up with a feature called Watch Party, where you can stream a movie and watch it in real-time with your friends by sharing a link – all you need is an Amazon Prime membership. If you don’t have an account, or if the movie is not on any OTT platform, you can always download and then watch it via video calls!
So if you are having a watch party, or a house party, or even a sleepover, here are 6 party movies that you and your friends will have a gala time watching together –
This 2011 comedy film starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and Matt Bennett was directed by Paul Feig. It was written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig and produced by Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, and Clayton Townsend.
Nothing is going right in Annie Walker’s (Wiig) life – her bakery has failed due to the recession, and her boyfriend’s left her; her savings have been wiped out, and now she has to work in a jewelry store. The only uplifting presence in her life is her childhood best friend, Lillian (Rudolph). But everything goes haywire when Lillian gets engaged and asks Annie to be her maid of honor. Annie meets another of Lillian’s friends, Helen (Byrne), and they become increasingly competitive towards each other, vying for Lillian’s attention.
Follow these girls on a hilarious journey of friendship, loss, and reconnection.
The movie was nominated for two Oscars – Best Supporting Actress for Melissa McCarthy and Best Original Screenplay for Wiig and Mumolo.
2. Rough Night
Directed by Lucia Aniello, this 2017 black comedy film was released as Girls’ Night Out in some countries. It featured an ensemble cast of Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Paul Downs, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore.
Four college friends Jess, Alice, Frankie, and Blair, reunite a decade later for a bachelorette party. Jess (Johansson) is about to marry Peter, and Alice decides that the four should go to Miami for Jess’s bachelorette. Jess’s friend from Australia, Pippa, also joins them. Their party is brought to a halt when a stripper they’d hired dies. Hilarity ensues as they try to decide what to do next.
The cast has incredible chemistry; overall, the movie is entertaining to watch.
3. Girls Trip
This 2017 film was written by Kenya Barris, Erica Rivinoja, and Tracy Oliver, and the script is based on their own experiences with their female friends. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, it starred Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith in lead roles. Lifestyle guru Ryan Pierce (Hall), dubbed as “the next Oprah,” is offered to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. She decides to bring her life-long buddies Sasha, Lisa, and Dina along with her to reconnect.
The film makes a hilarious ride filled with endearing friendships, sisterhood, life troubles, misadventures, dancing, parties, and drunken brawls. It received a tremendously positive response from critics and audiences alike and was a huge commercial success. It also was nominated for numerous awards. A potential sequel is also in talks.
4. Bad Moms
This 2016 American comedy film was directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, featuring an ensemble cast that included Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernandez, Annie Mumolo, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Christina Applegate. The film follows three over-worked mothers who decide to shun their daily responsibilities and spend their time doing what they love, fed up with their stressful lives. This leads them into a tussle with a seemingly perfect PTA-mom and her posse of devoted mothers.
The film was hugely successful commercially and received mixed reviews from critics. A sequel was released in 2017, and two spin-offs are in the works.
5. Bad Neighbours
Released in some countries as Neighbors, this 2014 American comedy film was directed by Nicholas Stoller and written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. In lead roles, it features Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Mac and Kelly Radner is a suburban couple with an infant daughter. Their peaceful life is disrupted when the college fraternity members, Delta Psi, move into the house next door. These college students refuse to keep quiet, and the Radners have to resort to extraordinary measures to bring them under control.
The film received positive reviews from critics and was a huge commercial success. A sequel was released in 2017, with much of the original cast reprising their roles.
6. The Hangover
One of the biggest party movies out there, this 2009 film was directed by Todd Phillips and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film featured Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Doug (Bartha) is about to get married and goes to Las Vegas for his bachelor party. He is joined by his best friends Phil and Stu and his to-be brother-in-law Alan. After a night of revelry, they wake the next day to find that Doug is missing. The others also are unable to recount anything that had happened the previous night. The guys now have to see Doug and return to Los Angeles in time for his wedding!
The movie was critically acclaimed and a huge commercial success. It also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy before its sequel broke the record.
The Hangover forms the first installment in The Hangover Trilogy.
You can watch other movies with your friends, Risky Business, Wedding Crashers, Booksmart, and Bachelorette.
Edited by Prakriti Arora