|My original title was too long. It's an okay movie.|
The trailers, and TV advertisement spots leading up to Project X have been interesting. It had the promise of scope beyond anything film goers have seen prior, and with the sky-rocketed popularity of Todd Phillips name plastered on every advertisement (even if he merely had a producer role, but, you know, whatever sells tickets) there was bound to be some event that is way over the top and insane to see unfold. Project X also had the advertisements toward the latter half of it’s life prior to release that severely disappointed me because it revealed who this movie is for: bro-y douchebags in high school/college. It was disheartening to realize but hey, I was willing to give it a shot. For all intents and purposes, Project X did not lie in it’s marketing; the scope of this party is crazy, the shit that goes down is this party is completely nuts, and borderline impossible, and every fucking character that is in the movie is a complete asshole that I would hit in the face if ever given the opportunity. The weird part is, I have a hard time finding this to be a comedy, but rather a tale of a series of selfishly-intentioned events that is, ostensibly, a tragedy.
So, not to purposefully send anyone into a permanent state of shock or anything, but Project X is light in story. Not exactly surprising, as there doesn’t really need to be thousands of years of lore and badly written fan fiction for a teen to decide to throw a party to get popular. That is, essentially, the entire story. All of the exposition the audience needs is “YO, THEY’RE IN HIGH SCHOOL.” and for the actual characters to say “YO MY PARENTS ARE GONE WE SHOULD THROW A PARTY AND GET LAID” and then…..well, there you go. It unravels from there. It involves a garden gnome, and a flame thrower. It’s a pretty decent party.
There’s also the the crux to the story I may have mentioned once or twice earlier- the party. As the movie advertised leading up to its’ release, the party is of a scope that I have not seen in any other movie. The shit that goes down is completely crazy, and that is a very good thing. I won’t spoil it, as the only reason to go watch this movie is to see the insanity that is the second and third acts, but I’ll say it involves an astonishing amount of boobs, drugs, and some out of left-field violence. It almost gets to the point where, even though nobody in that party was ever a person I would even consider wanting to be near, I was envious of the people that got to experience such a riotous party. I mean riotous is a very literal way too; this film goes from an amazing party to what is, essentially, a riot against cars, the protagonists’ house,the police that inevitably show up, and whatever else the dumb teenagers see in their path that they can royally fuck up while they are royally fucked up. The movie promised a crazy night of partying, and it delivered beyond that.
The performances are all done in such a way that I believed every single dickhead that was on screen at anytime. I cannot understate how much I wanted everyone in this movie to die some horrible death by perhaps a reveal at the end that it is actually a prequel to the movie Cloverfield and the Statue of Liberties’ body would come flying out of nowhere and land on the house. The fact that the thespians (yeah, fuck you, I’m calling the actors and actresses thespians to be compendious) could accomplish such a feat is something worth noting. As a current high school student, the performances nail how much teenagers are selfish, and desperate for the useless approval of others that they notice are more important to their peers. The worst thing performances can do in a movie in leave you indifferent, and it is certainly not what this movie did for me; it nailed the tone of immature High School students having the worst kind of people around them for the purpose of aggrandizing themselves regarding their high school social status, and I hated them all equally.
In the end, Project X was a fascinating movie that spoke to how awful teenagers in High School are, almost to the point of being worthy of a full analysis. Unfortunately, in stark contrast to it’s marketing campaign, it wasn’t very funny, and that hurt my enjoyment of it because it was very obviously attempting to be, but “HEH HEH MIDGET PUNCHING GUYS IN THE BALLS” only goes so far, and by that, I mean it goes absolutely nowhere. What made this movie was the realism in how it portrayed it’s main characters, and the absolute insanity of the party. For that, I do recommend a rental without qualification, but not a trip to the theaters. Even if it were worth a trip to the theaters (which could have been an easily plausible if it had more moments of actually being funny, and not just trying to be as shocking as possible to appease the brodudes) I wouldn’t recommend it because, as expected, the aforementioned brodudes were out in full force to support this, and that was…..yeah.
Red Band Trailer: Project X
Breasts? In MY movie trailer? It's more likely than you think!
Trailer 2: Project X
This puppy is going to party like he's never partied before if this trailer to the latest Todd Philips production is any indication.
Trailer: Project X
Hey, these kids are totally filming themselves having a wild party! Smells like The Virginity Hit Redux, but with Todd Philips on board it looks like there'll be some level of The Hangover-esque hijinks as well.
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