By Leticia Lopez,
Although pool parties in movies are scripted, that doesn’t stop us from dreaming about donning our own glamorous bathing suits, dancing to summer tunes with our crushes and friends, or simply relaxing on a float. It’s no wonder some of Hollywood’s iconic pool scenes have become our favorites. Jump into the summer fun with our Top 5 pool party scenes. Cannonball!
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946)
Remember those high-school dances held weeks before you were out for the summer? George (James Stewart) and Mary (Donna Reed) see each other at a high-school dance inside the gymnasium. While the teenagers are kicking and flapping in the Charleston contest, no one expected the floor to open up and reveal the gym’s swimming pool. George and Mary receive applause and “wows” for their dance moves, which continue even after they’ve accidentally fallen into the pool. Eventually other students and a judge also jump into the splashing fun.
‘Pajama Party’ (1964)
This is one of the wildest non-beachy hangouts for summer icon Annette Funicello. What’s supposed to be a slumber party with her girlfriends turns into a dance by the pool interrupted by boys, Eric Von Zipper and his motorcycle gang, and the teenage Martian Go Go. The scene is reminiscent of the dances and chaos happening in the Beach Party films, but bikinis are switched for baby doll PJs, and Funicello gets thrown into the pool!
‘Million Dollar Mermaid’ (1952)
No pool party list would be complete without the swimmer and actress Esther Williams! Considered one of Williams’ best movie performances, the first water scene features a giant pool onstage, glitzy swimwear and a live orchestra, which makes it a wet spectacle you don’t want to miss! The second is an underwater scene including water ballet ladies and a large clamshell that Williams effortlessly swims and twirls into.
‘The Graduate’ (1967)
Party for one, anyone? Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) spends time afloat in the pool and underwater for various iconic scenes in this film. They are the protagonist’s escape from the future and the uncertainty of what lies ahead, and a break from being an adult outside of the water. Even when there’s a pool party at his house for his birthday, Benjamin sinks to the bottom in complete scuba gear and avoids what lies above the water.
‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ (1986)
After a day in Chicago, Ferris (Matthew Broderick), Sloane (Mia Sara) and Cameron (Alan Ruck) hit a backyard pool. While Ferris and Sloane relax in the Jacuzzi as the yellow boombox plays, Cameron is worried about the trouble he’ll get into when his father finds out his Ferrari was borrowed without permission. Cameron throws himself to the bottom of the pool until Ferris jumps in to get him out. Pretending to be drowned, Cameron pranks his friends and says the classic phrase “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.” This teenage joke on buddies results in a diving, throwing and splashing pool party!
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