“Project X” is your typical zero-to-hero, high school party movie without likeable characters or any redeemable qualities. It was almost as thought a coherent story was the only person not invited to the party.
Life for Thomas (Thomas Mann), Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) is essentially non-existent. With three years of high school behind them, the trio decides it won’t let its fourth slip by so quietly. When Thomas’ parents go out of town, the time is ripe, so Costa decides to mastermind the greatest party ever. Unfortunately, the three friends could never prepare themselves for how out of control their party would become, and a car in the pool and a house fire become the least of their problems.
I have to start by saying that I’m a fan of the found-footage genre overall, and it’s the nature of the beast that certain details of a story may be left out due to a narrow vantage point. The problem that I had with “ Project X” is that the movie feels more like an hour-plus rap video with a little sprinkle of story. I also think that could even be forgiven if the filmmakers gave us interesting underdogs that made us want to stand up and cheer, but once again that’s asking too much.
Thinking back on every high school party movie, there are tons of likeable characters. “Superbad” had the foul-mouthed Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, “Can’t Hardly Wait” had Ethan Embry, Seth Green and Peter Facinelli, but “Project X” has no one. This is the perfect example of lazy writing and movie executives that believe that teens are mindless enough to give up their money for gratuitous nudity and drinking.
“Project X” is definitely not worth the money to buy the Blu-ray or DVD. If you’re itching for a good high school comedy, I definitely recommend picking up one of the movies I mentioned before from the $5 bin.
There are special features, but the only good purpose they would fulfill is to create some sort of drinking game.
Film: 1 Yap
Extras: 0 Yaps