“Project X” Is An Insult To Teenagers

Sex, F-bombs, beer bongs, sex, F-bombs, bare boobs, sex, F-bombs, boundless booze, sex, and more F-bombs. Those who like films filled with all of the aforementioned will be in their glory when they watch “Project X,” a teen raunchfest that evolves from a wild party into uncontrolled mass mayhem. This film is enough to strike stark fear into the hearts of all parents who have teenagers in their families.

I would rather have extensive dental work sans Novocain than sit through this film again, but I fully realize that movies like this appeal to teenagers and young adults. And I am perfectly willing to let them have them. However, I sincerely hope that parties like the one chronicled in this movie are a complete myth because if they aren’t, no suburban neighborhood in the country is safe from possible annihilation at the hands of sex-crazed, beer-swilling teens armed with condoms and Ecstasy.

This is how it all begins.

“Hello my lovely females, this is your boy Costa, your host for the evening. Behind me is Thomas Kub’s house. Today is Thomas Kub’s birthday. And this is Project X. Yo.” (The “Yo” is punctuated, of course, by a crotch grab.)

Costa (Oliver Cooper) is Thomas’s (Thomas Mann) best friend, and he has decided to organize the party to end all parties in celebration of his friend’s 17th birthday. So that it will be a party Thomas will remember forever, Costa has hired Dax (Dax Flame) to film the whole thing, and thus the movie falls into that category of movies known as “found footage.” This means that the entire movie is filmed with a shaky hand-held camera.

Thomas, Costa, and their friend J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown) are prototypical high school geeks, and so when Costa announces that he is going to throw a party for him, Thomas’s first reaction is that nobody will show up, but it just so happens that Thomas’s parents are going out of town for the weekend. What a perfect time for a party! But Thomas gives strict instructions that no more than 50 people are to be invited. Naturally Costa ignores this and uses every possible means, including the Internet, to issue invitations.

Hundreds ultimately flock to Thomas’s for free food and booze, and the night of disaster is under way. The party gradually escalates from a group of teenagers having fun to a full-blown orgy. Soon drunken teens are totally out of control, leaping from the roof of the house into the swimming pool, having sex all over the place, and consuming massive amounts of alcohol. And then the nut with the flamethrower shows up.

My major problem with this film is twofold. First, it is so repetitious that it becomes tedious. After all, how long can you watch teens drinking and swearing and having sex with loud music playing before complete boredom sets in?

The second thing I didn’t like about it is that the film is billed as a teenage comedy. AND IT’S NOT FUNNY! I fail to find the humor in a movie that depicts young people as irresponsible hoodlums who can’t wait until their parents go away so that they can get drunk and trash the family home. Although I’m sure some teens are like the ones depicted in the movie, I refuse to believe that they are all like this film implies. In the film’s production notes, producer Todd Phillips explained what the filmmakers’ purpose was.

“This film’s really about the anonymous guys. They’re not this; they’re not that. They’re the ones that no one notices, so they don’t even get labeled. They’re invisible. It’s about what Costa says in the film, ‘We need a game changer.’ I actually think most kids in high school fall into that group, as opposed to the jocks or the nerds. Most feel anonymous.”

Well, if this is the way the “anonymous” students cope with their anonymity, people should stop having children.

Also in the production notes, Mann made an interesting point about the party atmosphere on the set.

“It was unbelievable just to be on set, in a party that went from being a character in the film to being almost like a monster. It was hard for me to play Thomas’s horror at the way the party turned, because we were really having so much fun; it was easier to be Thomas when he thought that his life was probably over anyway, so he was going to enjoy it.”

He is absolutely right about how the party takes over the film as the main character. It actually begins innocently enough and ultimately morphs into a horrifying event to watch. And the reaction of Thomas’s father to the aftermath is so unrealistic that it surpasses absurdity.

“Project X” (Give it a final score of five because of how difficult it must have been to direct such mass chaos.) does have one attribute that I was able to find. Its running time of just 88 minutes makes the agony of sitting through it mercifully ephemeral. And if there is a “Project Y” in the offing, count me out.






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