We're all about having a little evening fun here at NextMovie, so long as we're able to get to bed at a reasonable hour. That's not too much to ask, right? We just want to be able to get a little bit of beauty rest before the next day begins.
That's why we have a great deal of respect for the characters of the following nine films - even if, you know, they're in movies and they're not real, and the movies were almost definitely filmed over the course of weeks instead of just one night.
But it's still real to us, dammit! In honor of new long-night-club inductee "21 and Over," here are nine of the longest nights in movies.
"From Dusk Till Dawn," (1996)
The namesake of this list, "From Dusk Till Dawn," may describe the time that most working people sleep during the week, but it's actually about - you guessed it - five people fighting off flesh-eating vampires over the course of one evening in Mexico. The above clip features George Clooney (in his first starring role) rocking a Lloyd Christmas haircut and fighting off a surprise attack from his now-vampire brother, Quentin Tarantino. Spoiler: Tarantino's makeup-laden "I'm a vampire now" face is alarmingly close to his standard "I may or may not have just eaten a whole lemon" face.
"American Graffiti," (1973)
Hey look, it's pre-Han Solo Harrison Ford! And he's got a weird, contrived Southern accent! Yep, "American Graffiti" served as the unofficial beginning of Ford's rise to stardom, as the film's writer and director was a small bearded man named George Lucas, who would go on to pen a script about space people with space guns and space swords for which he wanted Ford for a prominent role. But before becoming overlord of a vast and powerful population of nerds, Lucas oversaw a highly influential cool-people-on-the-last-night-of-high-school flick.
"Project X," (2012)
"Project X" isn't so much about "people staying up all night" as it is about "throwing the world's biggest party in the history of ever and there's no chance any of us are sleeping tonight 'cause YEEEAHHHH PARRTAYYYYY BETCHES!" - or so reads the film's official studio-produced log line. And while the jury's still out on whether or not the movie was "based on a true story," it was definitely based on the premise that everyone likes a good party, even if people are vomiting and things are being lit on fire et al.
Neither of the two main characters in "Collateral" wanted to stay up all night: Tom Cruise just wanted to murder some nameless Los Angelenos really quickly, Jamie Foxx just wanted to make a few bucks before the end of his shift, each of them in bed before 1 or 2am, latest. Didn't end up happening that way, of course, and we have a nice little Hollywood action flick on our hands as a result. The above scene features the two of them engaging in some "real talk," mostly about Cruise's Scientology affiliations.
"Before Sunrise," (1995)
Richard Linklater's dialogue-heavy "Before Sunrise" is about a relationship that begins and ends before daylight, starring Julie Delpy as "Celine" and Ethan Hawke as "Jesse" but pretty much just "Ethan Hawke." The above scene is the catalyst for the whole movie, as Hawke (Hawke) charmingly rambles in an Ethan Hawke-ish fashion about how much she'll regret it in the future if she doesn't get off the train with him now. Kind of a baller move, actually, as it totally works, and they spend a lovely evening walking around Vienna together.
"Die Hard," (1988)
Holly Gennaro-McClane's company Christmas party was supposed to last a mere couple of hours, but Alan Rickman and his merry band of thieves disguised as terrorists just had to go and ruin the whole damn thing by killing a bunch of her co-workers. Lucky for her and her friends, her ex-husband John made it to the party as well, and he's got just the right attitude - badass, relaxed, borderline numb - and just the right tank top - filthy, torn, arguably too small for him - to take them down, but not without the help of Officer Carl Winslow on the first floor. Idea: Let's make five more of these!
"Adventures in Babysitting," (1987)
Hey, in what decade was "Adventures in Babysitting" made? It's difficult to tell from the above clip, where Elisabeth Shue dons a Darth Vader helmet of blonde curly hair, the kids she's babysitting couldn't be more awkward if they asked an obese lady about her pregnancy, and the camera indiscriminately cuts to crowd members that are way too amused about a poorly-done impromptu musical performance. It's a mystery, alright. Side note: The two male children sing about how "they should be in bed," but do they not both look at least 17 years old?
"Superbad" pretty much launched the careers of approximately 7,943 people, and poor Christopher Mintz-Plasse can't go anywhere for the rest of his life without hilarious people calling him "McLovin" to his face (though you could argue that "McLovin" is less stressful to go by than "Christopher Mintz-Plasse"). Worth it, I'm sure, considering the overwhelming success of his first film, where co-stars Michael Cera and Jonah Hill struggle with their impending dude breakup as much as they do the seemingly futile underage pursuit of alcohol.
"Dazed and Confused," (1993)
"That's what I love about high-school chicks, man - I get older, they stay the same age...yes they do." Linklater makes his second appearance on this list with his 1993 coming-of-age flick "Dazed and Confused," just as memorable for its one-liners (like Matthew McConaughey's statutory rape-ish one above) as it is for its generational transcendence. As for McConaughey, his oft-repeated line comes across as somewhat charming until the "Yes they do," part, where it takes a devastating and irreversible turn for the degenerate. That's all on Matt, who should start with this scene when he eventually releases his book, "How to Use a Folksy, Understated Southern Accent to Make a Hollywood Career."