So last night was the official screening of Project X, you know, the movie I said was going to set the standard of comedy for 2012. God forbid I was wrong. Comedy would be doomed for the rest of the year if Project X set the bar. In fact, Project X is anything but comedy. For the most part it looked like an average hip hop music video; some parts funny, extremely jaw-dropping but largely disturbing.
The movie is based on three high school boys and their raging need to get laid. Thomas, the birthday boy has turned 17 and it just so happens that his parents are going out of Town for their wedding anniversary. Over confident supporting character, Costa encourages him to throw the kind of party that will make them popular and get them laid. Costa sends out the signal high and low to pull in a crowd Thomas hardly dreamed of in his worst nightmares. Tag alongJ.B is the last of the trio, full time nerd, delusional about his appearance and ridiculously awkward. Oh wait, there’s a fourth guy, the dude who films the entire fiasco. Little relevance here – other than the fact that the movie is filmed through his handheld. He makes a show-face appearance in the last two minutes and what could have otherwise justified his character as snippets of the video just before the end, was null and void.
Project X gets off to a predictable start, typical body and cataclysmic finish. Despite Thomas’s attempts to secure the house and hire twelve year old security guards for what was meant to be an average gathering, turns into the mother-of-all parties and in no time all control is lost to the 1500 plus adolescents. That is until the fiasco ends in a stand-off with the police, a rebellious riot and half the neighborhood burning down. The movie screams of debauchery, hedonism and mayhem which we can only hope, does not set a standard for the average teen. Actually, Project X is really just an attempt at capturing a parent’s ultimate nightmare in relation to a teenage paradise. How many times haven’t your parents departed for a weekend with the words ‘don’t burn the house down?’ I did feel for the dog though and their unintentional promotion of animal cruelty disguised in a serious of humorous captions. In fact, this movie is not for those easily offended anymore than it is for the impressionable. The ‘oh cool, there’s drugs, lets take them’ coupled with the constant sexual reference and binge drinking can’t be doing our already tarnished youth any favors. Yah, I said tarnished.
But let me step down from the moral high ground and return to reality – on a lighter note, and I go here for those of us not easily offended – Project X is a laugh for the sheer ridiculousness of it all. If you can overlook the excesses and withstand the vile crassness then you should find it rather enjoyable. Props to debut director Nima Nourizadeh on making the 88 minutes of teenage revelry bearable and to a large extent laughable. Producer Todd Phillips work was eminent throughout in that the movie had that same sort of Hangover flow to it. But, if raw, vile and crass is not your thing, I suggest you skip this one. All I can honestly say is ‘man I wish I was at that party’.