Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff for pool season. Well, for the northeast, that is. Summer is nigh, the tarps are off, and someone somewhere is probably begging their friend with a pool to have them over. The pool is a literal watering hole for social activity; it brings people together. Even people who don’t necessarily get along seem to drop their differences near those wonderfully chlorinated blue depths. All in all, poolside makes for the perfect place to party—responsibly, of course. Throw a good pool party and you’ll go down in history as the coolest kid on the block. Throw a bad one and, well, you’re sunk. Not forever, but perhaps for the summer.
That’s not going to happen, though, because you’ve got the Internet, time to plan, and resources to learn from. Look to Hollywood first. Those magical fantasy worlds are over the top and would never actually happen IRL because real life is unjust and true. But hey, at least they’re inspirational. Here are seven movies that will get you in the mood to take the plunge and throw an epic pool party.