What are some good films for slumber parties?
December 4, 2013 3:05 AM   Subscribe

MeFites, can you furnish me with the names of some films that are (1) generally upbeat (2) visually pretty (3) not hard to follow plotwise (4) able to put people at ease, help them relax. They can be comedies or dramas or whatever. Animation is fine; live action is fine.

Some examples: The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011), almost anything from Studio Ghibli.

Much appreciated!
posted by Quilford to Grab Bag (28 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Diablevert at 3:17 AM on December 4, 2013 [3 favorites]

I would highly recommend Les Triplettes de Belleville, which is a lovely, atmospheric film although not upbeat as such. If you want laugh out loud funny watch the feature length version of A Town Called Panic. For gentle and generally heartwearming, the documentary Etre et Avoir is fantastic.
posted by MuffinMan at 3:27 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Looking at your title, are you specifically seeking films for slumber parties?
posted by DarlingBri at 3:41 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: @DarlingBri: Yep. But the criteria in the post are basically the kind of slumber party films we've decided we want.
posted by Quilford at 3:59 AM on December 4, 2013

13 Going On 30 (Trust me)
Pride and Prejudice
Memoirs of a Geisha
Billy Elliot
About a Boy
Love Actually

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "visually pretty". Clarification on that would be nice. What is the age range of people attending? All girls, all boys, or mixed gender?

I also think that no slumber party is complete without a scary movie. It is up there with jammies and junkfood as a requirement for a good slumber party. Just watch it first and then have the rest of the night to watch the nice, happy, "put people at ease" movies to come down from the terror. That's what we always did. :) There are lots of light horror movies, like the more recent SCREAM movies. They are funny as well as scary, and they aren't too scary. Even a "so bad that it isn't scary" movie works, like Army of Darkness of Evil Dead 2.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 4:16 AM on December 4, 2013

Is this a slumber party for adults?
posted by third rail at 4:19 AM on December 4, 2013

Response by poster: It's for 19-20 yo guys and girls. "Visually pretty"'s fairly ambiguous, my bad. Dunno what I'm really looking for there.
posted by Quilford at 4:28 AM on December 4, 2013

posted by Ms Vegetable at 4:29 AM on December 4, 2013 [4 favorites]

Man, you know, a slumber party would be awesome.

Here's m'recs!

Redline, if you can find a copy (it used to be on Netflix but I think it's gone down now, boo!). Funnest, most upbeat film ever, and it has a great English dub.

Summer Wars made me feel good and is hella pretty. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time as well, though it's not that easy to follow.

Life of Pi.

Ferris Bueller?

Grosse Pointe Blank?

Straight Story, even though it's sad sometimes.

Shaolin Soccer and/or Kung Fu Hustle.

Nostalgic classics? Neverending Story, The Dark Crystal, Legend, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, An American Tail...

The Fifth Element.

Some choice hits from the golden age of Jackie Chan? Dragons Forever, Wheels on Meals, and Project A 1/2 are all fab. Who Am I? and Rush Hour, and Shanghai Noon from his Hollywood period are all great too.

Hopefully something good in those. :)
posted by Drexen at 4:37 AM on December 4, 2013

Not trying to derail from what you're looking for, but have you considered having a bit of a theme? It can make it easier to narrow down some perfect movies. Choose a decade (I suggest 80s or 90s) and then have the movies all come from that decade. If they are in that age range they may not know about some of the incredible movies from back in the 80s and 90s. Have it be movies they have never seen and possibly have never heard of. Anything with Paulie Shore, for example. Most people that age aren't aware of him. Maybe that is a good thing... LOL His movies, though, are generally "so bad they are good".

Ace Ventura Pet Detective
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
Howard the Duck
Parenthood (CLASSIC!)
The Mighty Ducks (MEGA SUPER CLASSIC! Young Josh Jackson!)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (actually fits all of your criteria)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (though they have probably seen that one. If they haven't, FOR SHAME!)
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 4:39 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Empire records, fan remix
posted by squirbel at 4:41 AM on December 4, 2013

Lilo and Stitch
posted by Narrative Priorities at 5:00 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Bride and Prejudice.

It's the Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice, but it's mosly in English, and the songs are in English and it's GORGEOUS with rich Indian colors.

Now I want to see it again...
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:03 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Mary Poppins.
posted by MexicanYenta at 5:57 AM on December 4, 2013

I thought it was a requirement to show "Grease" with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.

Also: "Mamma Mia".

Musicals - what could be more upbeat!

Would you like to see Clint Eastwood sing? Watch "Paint Your Wagon". With bonus western-style polyamory.
posted by amtho at 5:59 AM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]

Singing in the Rain
Breakfast at Tiffany's
posted by jbickers at 6:05 AM on December 4, 2013

Shakespeare in Love
Monsoon Wedding
Waking Ned Devine
The Full Monty
March of the Penguins
Stardust (it's kind of a mess but a lovely one)
The Branagh or Whedon Much Ado About Nothing
all the Pixar back catalogue
all the Aardman back catalogue
posted by tchemgrrl at 6:22 AM on December 4, 2013

Oh yes, seconding Monsoon Wedding! And eat Indian food.
posted by Salamander at 6:44 AM on December 4, 2013

Rocky Horror
posted by oceanjesse at 6:45 AM on December 4, 2013 [2 favorites]

Pitch Perfect
Back to the Future
2nding About a Boy, Waking Ned Devine, Ferris Bueller, and Clueless
Dazed and confused
Mean girls
Moulin Rouge
Bring it on
Billy Madison
Tommy Boy
The big Lebowksi
Austin Powers
Christmas Vacation or Vacation
Groundhog Day
The Heat
My Cousin Vinny
Office Space
posted by snarfles at 8:54 AM on December 4, 2013

I think Pleasantville was made for this.
posted by dlugoczaj at 9:04 AM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
posted by DarlingBri at 10:06 AM on December 4, 2013

Road House (with Patrick Swayze)
posted by Aubergine at 10:36 AM on December 4, 2013

Road House, huh. I was about to say Dirty Dancing. I suggest having both for "balance"?

posted by tigrrrlily at 10:57 AM on December 4, 2013

Pretty Woman
Desperately Seeking Susan (with Madonnna)
Pretty in Pink
posted by Blitz at 11:54 AM on December 4, 2013

Raising Arizona!
posted by tomboko at 2:09 PM on December 4, 2013

(I think all Coen Bros films are 'visually pretty', but I'm thinking of the cinematography.) Oh oh oh - The Road to El Dorado would be excellent. Animated and awesome.
posted by tomboko at 2:12 PM on December 4, 2013

Kung-Fu Panda.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 4:35 PM on December 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

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