What movie scene(s) / show episode(s) am I remembering?
July 10, 2019 12:16 PM   Subscribe

A group of people enter a crowded frat/sorority/house party walking up the front steps and in through the front door. There is a staircase within the main hall (to their left?) that is also packed with people. This is a huge wild party with lots of excessive drinking, dancing and general peak of massive party energy. They proceed through the very crowded party/dance floor, through a kitchen (?) to a back yard that is also busy with people drinking / partying, possibly around a pool. Someone is puking in the bushes.

This may be my memory conflating many scenes, probably from shows or movies made in the 80's and 90's. My googling hasn't found even part of what I describe above. I'm interested in all scenes that have at least part of the above description. My brain is particularly stuck on the staircase and the dense crowd of people drinking and dancing at a house party as well as the puking in the bushes.

Everyone I ask immediately says "Animal House" but the scenes I find on youtube are not what I'm thinking, and besides that, I'm not sure I've seen that movie in it's entirety so it wouldn't be the scene I'm thinking of. I'm open to suggestions of specific scenes from this movie I may be missing as perhaps I've just forgotten seeing it.

Ideally I'm looking for youtube clips that show this/these scenes or direction to any way I can watch whatever suggestions online from Canada. Timestamps of scenes would be helpful if there is no direct link to video. Still looking for answers even if it can't be found online, thanks!
posted by smartypantz to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Vaguely wondering if it's Revenge of the Nerds.
posted by Peach at 12:24 PM on July 10

Bachelor Party?
posted by vitabellosi at 12:26 PM on July 10

could it be the party scene in Sixteen Candles? I feel like there was puking.
posted by fingersandtoes at 12:31 PM on July 10 [3 favorites]

Can’t Hardly Wait?
posted by killy willy at 12:33 PM on July 10 [16 favorites]

Long shot, but Donnie Darko?
posted by wellred at 12:38 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]

Ten Things I Hate About You?
posted by anderjen at 12:40 PM on July 10 [9 favorites]

Sounds like the house party in Clueless.
posted by Flannery Culp at 12:40 PM on July 10 [6 favorites]

10 Things I Hate About You (clip)
posted by AdagioCantabile at 12:43 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]

The graduation party in Say Anything?
posted by Chrysostom at 12:55 PM on July 10 [5 favorites]

Weird Science
House Party
Sixteen Candles
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:06 PM on July 10

Old School?
posted by Radiophonic Oddity at 1:09 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]

Boogie Nights has a similar scene to this, not frat-located tho
posted by aiglet at 1:14 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]

The tv show Greek had many scenes similar to what you're describing.
posted by wuzandfuzz at 1:18 PM on July 10

I also thought of Can't Hardly Wait.
posted by SeedStitch at 1:39 PM on July 10

Probably lots of episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and/or Veronica Mars as well.
posted by matildaben at 1:41 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]

posted by diogenes at 1:44 PM on July 10

posted by hazel79 at 2:10 PM on July 10

Mean Girls and Never Been Kissed both have house party scenes with packed staircases.
posted by anderjen at 2:18 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]

This is unquestionably not the ur-scene, but there's an episode of Pretty Little Liars in which the girls enter a fraternity house during a party and proceed upstairs. In the interest of completeness...
posted by kevinbelt at 2:18 PM on July 10

Can’t Hardly Wait. There are scenes of kids entering the foyer/ground floor of the party house while the place is packed with people, there’s a pool, a staircase, kitchen, music, people dancing, the whole bit.
posted by sallybrown at 2:40 PM on July 10

I'd like to nth Can't Hardly Wait as well as back up that this was definitely not Animal House.
posted by phunniemee at 2:41 PM on July 10

There are scenes of kids entering the foyer/ground floor of the party house while the place is packed with people

Here's a possibility from Can't Hardly Wait.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:36 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]

Risky Business?
posted by nantucket at 4:39 PM on July 10

I think something like this happened in Superbad?
posted by ghostbikes at 6:32 PM on July 10

It's been a while since I've seen it, but I don't recall the house from the Sixteen Candles party having a pool?

OP, seeing as you're in Canada, maybe you're thinking of (****ing Tessa Campanelli) School's Out? There's a couple house parties in that, and it's available somewhere on YouTube. I'll nth everyone else's Can't Hardly Wait suggestions, though.
posted by blerghamot at 7:01 PM on July 10

The Sure Thing, maybe?
posted by alex1965 at 7:45 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]

I don't have access to clips now, but the description reminds me of the scene where Lloyd takes Diane to the graduation party in Say Anything.
posted by Gelatin at 9:43 AM on July 12

party scene from Less Than Zero?
posted by bhdad at 9:32 PM on July 13

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