For many of us now firmly entrenched in adulthood, sleepovers are something we look back on with a certain kind of nostalgia. Being able to stay up all night watching movies, sharing secrets, and consuming all the sugar we wanted with no repercussions the morning after seems glorious to us today. As does having the freedom to do it all over again because we didn’t have work, partners, or children that demanded our attention. Our schedules were wide open for yet another overnight get-together.
Sleepovers represent a period in our lives when we were much freer and bore far fewer responsibilities—because, let’s be honest, when’s the last time you watched multiple movies in a row without feeling guilty? And while we don’t miss everything about being a teenager, of course, having friends over to spend the night with us is one thing we look back on with fondness.
Even though we can’t go back and relive those days, or recreate the magic they once held, we can revisit the experience through films. To that end, Sunday Citizen compiled a list of movies with memorable sleepover scenes—from Broadway adaptations to teen movies of the 2000s. These films perfectly capture the sentiments of our adolescent experiences, allowing us to briefly relive our childhoods without the sugar hangovers or sleep deprivation headaches we’d experience if we actually tried to today.