There comes a time in every child's life when birthday parties aren't just birthday parties anymore, they're sleepover parties. And sleepover parties mean a few things: 1) you're going to have to get a sleeping bag, and 2) you're going to watch movies — lots and lots of movies. When it comes to sleepover birthday parties, the sleeping part is really optional. Instead of "sleep," it's more like "watch movies all night long and try to be the last awake." And, oh, what fun it was to watch movies until dawn. Let's take a walk down memory lane and remember these 17 movies you definitely saw at a birthday party in the '90s, especially at a sleepover.
If you were anything like me, sleepovers were the most stressful of birthday parties. I used to spend hours practicing braiding my doll's hair before a friend's big party, and, I'll admit, I was the kid who called their parents at 11 and asked to be picked up. So the biggest sign of a successful sleepover party was making it through the second movie of the night. These 17 movies you definitely saw at a sleepover birthday party in the '90s are just a few that helped me make it all the way through the night.
The perfect intro-to-chick-flicks movie, Clueless was a must for any self-respecting '90s sleepover party.
Matilda was pretty much the perfect first sleepover movie: child appropriate, stressed the importance of love and friendship... and chocolate.
Titanic was a great sleepover birthday movie for teenagers and pre-teens, who used the opportunity to see it behind their parents' backs.
4'10 Things I Hate About You'
10 Things I Hate About You was basically sex-ed for an entire generation of birthday girls.
5'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'
Is it a '90s birthday party without at least one Jim Carrey movie? I think not.
Raise your hand if Cruel Intentions gave you unrealistic expectations about high school (and life in general).
7'Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery'
I vividly remember watching Austin Powers for the very first time at my best friend's sleepover party. It was a life changing night, to say the least.
Perfect for those Halloween-season birthdays.
Sister Act was the parent-approved movie of choice for many a birthday party in the '90s, and for good reason.
Aladdin, a romance for the ages.
The Witches was a must for sleepovers where you and your friends wanted to be scared without actually going full horror movie. (This film still haunts me, TBH.)
12'The Mighty Ducks'
Because every '90s kid had a crush on at least one of the Mighty Ducks.
Hook, aka Peter Pan for grownups.
14'She's All That'
She's All That wasn't released until 1999, but it was immediately a sleepover staple, and has been for almost two decades.
For those edgy '90s kids who wanted to watch an "old" movie.
The Mask, watch it with your friends at a sleepover birthday party and then you can all have nightmares together.
17'Now And Then'
Now And Then gave all BFFs hope that they, too, would still be friends as adults, and thus it was perfect for any party — birthday or not.
Next time you have a birthday party, watch one of these for old time's sake. You won't be disappointed.