Project X

  • Year:2012
  • Rating:MA
  • Director:Nima Nourizadeh
  • Cast:Jonathan Daniel Brown, Martin Klebba, Thomas Mann, Miles Teller
  • Release Date:March 01, 2012
  • Distributor:Roadshow
  • Running time:88 minutes
  • Film Worth:$2.00
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Offering up no redeeming qualities, this brash, offensive and brainless flick throws up a pretty bleak insight into contemporary teenage life.

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When high school senior Tom's (Thomas Mann) parents go away for the weekend of his 18th birthday, he and his best friends Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown), decide to throw the wildest party imaginable to gain the respect of their peers, and claim their place atop the social ladder at school. Three inadequate hosts, two thousand riotous partygoers, and one night of insanity. This is Project X - possibly the most disgraceful film you will see in 2012.

Through the many montages of drinking, tripping, macking, bumping, grinding, TPing and trashing, debut director Nima Nourizadeh presents us with our teenage years on acid - or, more specifically, ecstasy. His film is packed full of boobs, boners and bawdy "humour" from which only his audience's latent chauvinistic tendencies will draw amusement. Many will be dismayed by this film, which seems to celebrate rather than wryly denigrate offensiveness towards women, homosexuals and even dwarfs. Writers Matt Drake and Michael Bacall have certainly reached a new low with this script, written as a found-footage style direct view into the world of 21st century teens, which apparently includes the amusing practice of drugging a dog with marijuana. Their vision is extremely bleak.

Unfortunately, with a premise that could have delivered an edgy, clever and contemporary take on the teenage experience, if you're searching for a scintilla of intelligence here, you're definitely looking in the wrong place. Underscored by a truly obscene soundtrack of misogynistic hip-hop, Project X could be briefly summarised as ‘violent', ‘bawdy', ‘homophobic' or ‘a feminist's nightmare', but perhaps the most appropriate term would be ‘stupid'.

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