Birthday scenes in movies
March 8, 2011 11:01 AM   Subscribe

What's your favorite birthday party on film? I can't think of any off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are some great ones...I'm looking for funny, dramatic, scary - anything, as long as it's great.
posted by bumpcat to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's not a 'party' but in Pelle the Conqueror, Papa (the great Max von Sydow) gives Pelle a 'poor man's gift' of a pocket knife wrapped in plain paper. It's sweet and sad.

I guess that describes almost the entire movie--the ending is brutal. I'm almost tearing up right now.
posted by methroach at 11:13 AM on March 8, 2011

Johnny's birthday party in The Room.

"You invited all of my friends. Good thinking!"
posted by davidjmcgee at 11:15 AM on March 8, 2011 [3 favorites]

Don't forget the mind blowing ending to The Game...
posted by BobbyVan at 11:16 AM on March 8, 2011

What's the kid's film with the really mean clown who shows up? Is it "Parenthood"?
posted by bumpcat at 11:29 AM on March 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle has a pretty awesome birthday party scene.
posted by bondcliff at 11:35 AM on March 8, 2011

Old School, when Will Farrell gets a dart in his neck.
posted by coolsara at 11:38 AM on March 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

District 9, when he turns into a creature at his own birthday party.
posted by Victorvacendak at 11:44 AM on March 8, 2011

Yes, that's Old School. Also, semi-funny scene in KnOcked Up.
posted by purenitrous at 11:46 AM on March 8, 2011

How about Rocky's Birthday party in The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Brief, but memorable...
posted by Hanuman1960 at 12:16 PM on March 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

My teenage self thought the ending of 16 Candles when Sam and Jake are sitting on the table with the birthday cake was awesome.
posted by maxg94 at 12:17 PM on March 8, 2011 [7 favorites]

I was going to recommend Parenthood---its not a mean clown. Its supposed to be Cowboy Dan. But he doesn't come. Steve Martin turns a bath rug into chaps and fills in.
posted by vitabellosi at 12:19 PM on March 8, 2011

Lumbergh's birthday in Office Space. Not necessarily a party or a celebration, but a birthday nonetheless.
posted by puritycontrol at 12:25 PM on March 8, 2011

The Celebration
posted by rhizome at 12:40 PM on March 8, 2011

Eating, by Harry Jaglom.
posted by BibiRose at 1:16 PM on March 8, 2011

There's Dustin Hoffman's birthday party in Tootsie, particularly where Bill Murray sits around drinking and quietly lecturing some unfortunate guests on a lot of nonsense.
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 4:43 PM on March 8, 2011

Christina's birthday party in Mommie Dearest.
posted by SisterHavana at 4:52 PM on March 8, 2011

What's the kid's film with the really mean clown who shows up?

You might be thinking of Uncle Buck. The clown shows up drunk and gets nasty when Uncle Buck tells him to leave. But the best part about the birthday in that movie is the giant pancake.
posted by amyms at 5:49 PM on March 8, 2011

If television counts, there's a great birthday episode in Roseanne: Her daughter Darlene is turning 16, and Roseanne has been torturing her all week by wanting to throw her a traditional Sweet 16 party.

When the big day comes, Roseanne and Dan surprise her by sending her out for pizza with her friends while Roseanne stays home and has a nostalgic party with her own girlfriends (pink-frosted cake, tiara party hats, etc.) where they sit around reminiscing about their own 16th birthdays.

My favorite moment (because I can totally identify) is when Roseanne tells them that on her 16th birthday she got drunk and had sex with Dan. Then she adds, "If I'd known then how many years I had ahead of me to get drunk and have sex with Dan, I would've had the party instead."
posted by amyms at 6:03 PM on March 8, 2011

For creepy-as-hell and vintage visuals, I would say Cecilia's co-ed party in The Virgin Suicides.
posted by crepesofwrath at 8:44 AM on March 9, 2011

Different from what other folks have recommended, but... Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party. A master storyteller at work.

Once you fall in love with that movie, check out The Tobolowsky Files podcast.
posted by softlord at 9:48 AM on March 10, 2011

Thanks for all the great suggestions!
posted by bumpcat at 11:24 AM on April 19, 2011

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