Project X (2012)


Project X

Release Date: March 2, 2012

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Stars: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown

Runtime: 88 min

Tagline: The Party You’ve Only Dreamed About


An extremely poor and stupid film that is used as commercialism for teen partying.

I’m one for the subgenre of “found footage” films, but when that format is used for a teen comedy, it gets a little silly. I like it for horror films and it even worked well for the disturbing super power film, Chronicle, but this just looks like a poorly made home movie. It’s starting to be an excuse for amateur directors to make a film that ultimately looks sloppy and home made and Project X is Exhibit A.

So, the idiotic plot goes like this: a trio of high school boys (Thomas, Costa and J.B.) throw a party of a lifetime in an attempt to get themselves known. When word of the party spreads, more and more people show up and things begin to gradually get crazier.

For what it’s supposed to be, a mindless party film with no attempt at character development and it just tries hard to convince the viewer that they’re having a good time, it’s good;  but other than that, it’s just pretty horrible. The plot is stupid, there’s hardly any character development, the acting isn’t very good, I really didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.

I don’t really like to party (that being said, maybe I couldn’t appreciate it as much as someone would if they actually did party), so I found it a little tiring to watch. It’s worth one laugh-out-loud moment, a few chuckles here and there, and many topless girls dancing around, but that’s really all that it’s worth. It isn’t exactly worth the eighty seven minutes and nineteen dollars I spent with the thing. To some, it’s satisfying enough but to me it left me a little unsatisfied.

The characters of Superbad are sort of revisited here (even though the body weights are inaccurate): Thomas best represents Evan and Costa best represents Seth. The difference between these characters? Those of Superbad are well-developed, pretty likeable, and actually really funny; while these are annoying on a whole new level and can be painfully unfunny.

This film makes me think of a similar concept as watching sports on television, would you rather watch others having a wicked time partying like carefree teenagers at one great party, or actually have the good time yourself?

It’s a simple little film for teenagers and young adults that a lot of people will enjoy (judging by its box office earnings), or be disappointed by, like me. It’s too hyped up, and it couldn’t give me the good time that it seemed to promise. So just expect a simple film going into this, or just expect nothing and you might like it but you might not. If you’re looking for Oscar gold or solid performances or solid character development or a game changing plot, avoid it. A film that just didn’t quite yank on my funny bone enough, but it might yank on yours – so give it a shot if you’re really interested and you think this might be funny, but I didn’t think it was at all. Unfortunately, the worst comedy I’ve seen in 2012 so far.

Will this film stick out in my memory as a stupid party film that portrays just how ridiculous, insane and reckless my generation can be? Heck yeah!

The more important question: will it stick out in my memory as a great, groundbreaking comedy that should be treasured? Not in this lifetime, Sugar Tits.


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