Film and TV

Top 5 Graduation Party Movies

School's out for summer! Yes, it's graduation overload time. If you know of any high school seniors, you can only imagine the breadth of awesomeness running through their pubescent bodies. If you do not regularly cross paths with the 18-year-old crowd, try to recall that moment of exhalation from when you graduated high school. That long, anticipated walk to receive your diploma, your proud family waving frantically to get your attention enough to snap a photo, your ridiculously awkward family dinner at Benihana, which all led up to one thing: Party time, excellent.

Lest you forget that the best part of graduating high school is not the vast knowledge you have acquired, nor is it the teachers who have changed your lives over the years -- nope, the best part about graduating high school is attending the dopest party of your life.

Several movies have captured the wonderful feeling that comes with being a graduating senior -- here are our top five.

5. Grease Sure, these high schoolers are pushing 40, but that doesn't mean they don't know how to party with the best of them. Rydell High School knows how to celebrate. Did anyone that you know have a school-sponsored carnival for their graduation? They must have really wanted Kenickie out of that place.

4. American Pie The after-prom party is as much of a senior ritual as skipping senior skip day. If you were lucky, like the American Pie gang, you had that friend with the cool mom that not only hosted a rager but also bought the alcohol (we are not condoning serving minors). If you were really lucky, you had a friend with a hot mom, like Stifler's MILF, that served you up a bit more than frozen mud slides (we are not condoning sleeping with minors, either).

3. Say Anything Say Anything is a beautiful love story with the majority of the plot happening after high school graduation, but those kids have one serious party to kick it all off. Kegs, acoustic guitar performances about ex-boyfriends and Eric Stoltz dressed up as a rooster is the way they got down in 1989.

2. Can't Hardly Wait Can't Hardly Wait is about as stereotypical as a movie about a high school graduation party can be, which is why it's so brilliant. I wish I went to a party like this as a high schooler; I wish I went to a party like this as a mature adult.

1. Superbad If your senior soiree ends with you and two drunk police officers shooting at a cop car and then blowing it up, you have arrived. You will do just fine in college because you have the greatest story of all time. The only down side is that no one will ever believe you.

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Abby Koenig
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