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Project X: Review

Posted 26/06/2012

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Project X
Starring: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
Written by: Matt Drake, Michael Bacall

Since the dawn of time, parents have gone on vacation and irresponsibly left their teenage children home alone, only to return and find that their house has been destroyed by a wild party. Needless to say, the premise of ‘Project X’ isn’t groundbreaking, but with Todd Phillips (‘The Hangover’) at the reins, it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind comedy. It follows three unpopular and seemingly nondescript teens on their quest to throw a party that no one will ever forget. Things quickly get out of hand and their mission is accomplished, but cleaning up before Mom and Dad get home is certainly off the table.

There’ s no question that this movie has numerous occurrences of hilarious scenes and dialogue, and with the story being told through a collection of handheld ‘found footage’ shots, ‘Project X’ quickly distinguishes itself from the clean-cut John Hughes-style teen comedy. Some scenes could easily be mistaken for YouTube party clips or news coverage of a riot. Unfortunately, also like YouTube, there are a few too many scenes that could easily have been cut and don’t further the film any. Using several partying-themed montages at a party is a bit of overkill, especially when the scenes in between are still about partying.

That said, newcomers Mann, Cooper, and Brown are great and definitely win over the audience from the beginning.

Upsides:
-The ‘this is real’ feel of the movie maximizes the jeopardy and extreme fun of it.
-Brady Hender and Nick Nervies as 12-year-old security guards are hilarious.

Downsides:
-The frequency and nonchalant use of homophobic slurs is a bit surprising and disappointing, unless this was ghost-written by Brett Ratner.
-Sorry, ladies, but don’t look for any strong-role-model type examples of your gender here. Unless you see strength in disrobing because the sign by the pool says to.

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