Project X

Posted March 2, 2012 by in


Total Score

0/ 5

Quick Stats

Genre: comedy
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
MPAA Rating: R
Actors: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown
Length: 88 minutes
Release Date: 3/2/2012
Studio: Green Hat Films, Silver Pictures
What We Thought

My entire reaction to Project X was, “This is lame, man. Really lame.”

by Daniel Hodgson
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My goodness!  Never before have I seen such an affront to common decency and traditional values as in Project X.  This so called “film” has no plot, and just shows children as young as seventeen using foul language, drinking, and smoking pot.  At one point, they use some kind of designer drug called “ecstasy.”  Several teenage girls bare their breasts, and premarital sexual relations are strongly implied.
     Actually no.  My entire reaction to Project X was, “This is lame, man.  Really lame.”
     If only this film were an affront to decency.  I wish it were offensive.  If only it were the slightest bit funny.
     What semblance it has of a story goes like this:  Thomas (Thomas Mann) and his friends Costa (Oliver Cooper), JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) and Dax (Dax Flame) throw a party while his parents are out of town to improve their social prospects.  At first, it looks like no one is coming.  But then a few people show up, and a few more, until the house and backyard are filled with drinking and drugging teenagers.  The loud music and crowd noise attracts the attention of the neighbors, and finally the cops.
     In other words, there’s no real story.  The plot is just there to show teens boozing, dancing, and giving the middle finger to the camera.  Once you’ve seen five minutes of it, you’ve seen all it has to offer.  There’s not one iota of wit to the dialog, not that there’s supposed to be.
     Don’t get me wrong; dumb, low brow humor can be funny, but there’s a right and wrong way to do it.  In Your Highness, the medieval princes throw around vulgarities, and the humor is sophomoric.  There, it’s funny because you don’t expect chivalrous, medieval princes to act that way.  But here, the teens in Project X act exactly the way you’d expect them to at a party.  It doesn’t take you by surprise, there’s no irony.  Social codes are lowered at a party like this, and people are free to be themselves—but that’s exactly why it’s not funny.  Borat was funny because Borat violated every known social code.  Project X isn’t funny because there are no do’s and don’t’s at a drug party.  Acting crazy in a church or at a library is funny because of the context; acting crazy at a party is banal.
     Project X isn’t half as wild and crazy as it pretends to be.  Showing teens drinking and drugging is old hat, the nudity it shows is merely topless women (nothing you can’t see at the PG-13 level), and the camera cuts away from sex scenes before much of anything happens.  In a movie where racy content is the attraction, there’s more implied than shown, which is nothing more than straight white teens engaging in the oldest act known to man.  At one point, CB discovers that Thomas’s mom has an adult toy.  Kid, one day you’re going to learn that’s not uncommon, and not a bid deal.  She has a dildo.  So what.
     Project X is exactly like watching a YouTube video of people you don’t know and don’t give a damn about partying.  It’s done as something resembling a found footage film, with swish pans and zoom-ins and zoom-outs, and the whole thing is cobbled together from party-goer iPhones.  There’s no reason for the approach, other than marketing, and Project X never looks anything like a professional film.  The characters are one dimensional at best, and frankly, the actors are uniformly amateurish.  I’d say Project X is a download at best, if only it were worth the time.

About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.


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