Kitchen Party (film)

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Kitchen Party
KitchenParty poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Gary Burns
Produced by Christine Haebler
John Hazlett
Written by Gary Burns
Starring Scott Speedman
Laura Harris
Gillian Barber
Music by Schaun Tozer
Cinematography Robert Aschmann
Edited by Reginald Harkema
Release date
  • September 8, 1997 (1997-09-08)
Running time
92 minutes
Language English

Kitchen Party is a 1997 film written and directed by Gary Burns (The Suburbanators). The movie cast a number of then-unknown young Canadian actors, including Scott Speedman, Laura Harris, and Tygh Runyan, and was released on September 8, 1997 at the Toronto International Film Festival.


In the bored suburban atmosphere of a Canadian city, Scott (Scott Speedman) decides to throw a celebratory get-together with friends in his parents' home. Unfortunately, there's a catch: Scott's parents happen to be particularly anal about the direction the carpet fibers lay and the distance from doily to table-edge. This means that the only part of the house that is safe, that is, the only part of the house with no carpeting and therefore no potential mess, is the tiled kitchen.

The festivities begin once the parents go off to a party of their own, leaving Scott and his buddy, Wayne (Tygh Runyan), with a house that would be entirely empty but for Scott's mysterious brother lurking in the basement.

Soon the girls are arriving, including Scott's girlfriend, Tammy (Laura Harris) — whom he plans on bedding before the night is over — and alcohol, drugs, music, more people, and everything else that characterizes a stereotypical house party follows. This includes calamity, as Scott quickly discovers just how much can go wrong in one night of kitchen partying.


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