Thomas is an awkward teenager trying to find his place in high school outside of Los Angeles. With his birthday approaching, and his parents leaving town for his birthday weekend, his friends, obnoxious loudmouth Costa and gawky dork J.B., plan on throwing him a party the town will never forget. Thomas invites his crush, and Costa invites literally everyone else in the school and the neighborhood. They buy enormous amounts of alcohol, hire students as security, and even buy drugs from T-Rick, a local weed dealer, who gets infuriated when Costa steals his lawn gnome. The party starts slow, but soon enough people start arriving. Thomas hopes to keep the party outside, but it grows too large too quickly, spreading to his home and both his front and back yard. Costa admits to Thomas that he advertised it on the radio, trying to get everyone in a wide radius to attend. When T-Rick's gnome breaks, revealing a giant bag of ecstasy pills, everyone at the party takes it and gets high out of their minds. The party seems to be going well, and it seems to be working in Thomas' favor when the hottest girl in the school attempts to sleep with him, but when Thomas' crush walks in on this hook-up in progress, the party starts to immediately turn into a nightmare for Thomas. He attempts to shut it down, to no avail; it grows beyond his control, spreading to the entire block, resulting in non-stop violence, sex, and mayhem. When the cops arrive and a riot ensues, Thomas, Costa, and J.B. try to figure out how to end the party before it ruins their lives.
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Best part of story, including ending:
The characters are, for the most part, mean and misogynist, making the movie a mostly uncomfortable watch. Not many jokes and a generally unpleasant spirit prevail.
Best scene in story:
It's hard to pinpoint a favorite scene in a film so unpleasant. Perhaps the early scene in which they harass the local drug dealer, which elicits a smile or two.
Opinion about the main character:
Thomas is a likable enough character, portrayed amiably enough by Thomas Mann, but the rest of the supporting cast are so obnoxious that it sinks him down by association.