Project X may be the definition of a “one trick pony,” but it embraces that trick with such enthusiasm and balls-to-the-wall wackiness that it succeeds in making a riot worthy movie for its generation. This movie focuses on scaling up the levels of craziness one drunken teen at a time, while reminding everyone what a great – if misbegotten – party is all about – no rules. Once you’ve thrown rules out the window, you’ve opened yourself up to orgy worthy antics that would make Spartacus jealous.
You’ve seen movies in the past, where a group of high school boys try to live it up before they head to college. Usually, it involves losing their virginity, such as in American Pie, Superbad or The Virginity Hit. These movies always culminate in a big party and one last chance to “be a man.” Project X skips all those wasted moments surrounding the party to give viewers one giant feature length party that keeps getting crazier and crazier.
The film follows Thomas Mann (as Thomas), Oliver Cooper (as Costa) and Jonathan Daniel Brown (as JB) as they setup Thomas’ birthday bash. Of course, Thomas’ parents are going out of town and he’s been entrusted to keep the house safe. His wild friend Costa, from Queens, has other ideas. In order to make sure Thomas’ party isn’t a bust, Costa invites college students as well as everyone on Craigslist. Instead of hiring real security for the party, Costa entrusts the task to two pre-adolescent kids, one of which loves to taser adults. This movie is all about pushing extremes and setting up paper-thin boundaries that will inevitably be broken. The pool may be off limits, but if you’re naked, you get a pass. Sure enough, everyone throws off their clothes and dives in.
The joy of watching Project X is in wondering what will happen next. Liquor and sex may be a given, but how about skateboarding off of a rooftop? The film works in selling its premise thanks to the documentary film approach. Mann, Cooper and Brown are all relative newcomers to the big screen. Seeing these teens in action doesn’t feel like watching Hollywood actors trying to sell a party, but rather as regular teens pushing the boundaries on a limitless party.
The Blu-ray transition has only a few artifacts. Most of the shots are at night and you do get a sense that the blacks are overly crushed in the translation, but it works well with the documentary style.
Project X has a few behind-the-scenes featurettes that show the casting process for the film. You’ll see Cooper drop his pants in an audition as well as the three teens bonding before production begins. It was a smart decision on the part of Director Nima Nourizadeh to get the cast to hang out at Disney before production began. The friendship they developed translates well to film and adds authenticity to the documentary style. There is also a quick featurette that tallies up the prop and art design costs for the film, which includes most of the items damaged in the movie. It’s also comically edited to mock the one character in the movie who tried to stop the “party that just couldn’t be stopped.”
- Project Xpensive: Tallying up the Damages
- Project X: Declassified
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