Published Mar 01, 2012First-time director Nima Nourizadeh adds himself to the list of filmmakers that support fan boy sexism. With the help of The Hangover's Todd Phillips (who produced this hand-held atrocity), Nourizadeh delivers a party film every teenage boy who reeks of marijuana has been dreaming of with Project X.
Not to be mistaken for a remake of the 1986 monkey film starring Matthew Broderick, Project X is loosely based on the widely publicized house party of Corey Delaney in Australia (who posted his address on MySpace in hopes of attracting guests). The handheld film follows Thomas, Costa and JB (played respectively by Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown), three virginal high school outcasts pursuing the holy trinity of male teenage aspirations: partying, pussy and popularity.
When Costa decides to throw Thomas an epic birthday bash at his home while his parents are away, things quickly spiral out of control when over 2,000 guests show up. What follows is a derivative, loud and glossy teen film that will only appeal to the movie's insipid target demographic.
Anyone mildly interested in seeing the film because it looks as if it recaptures the mood of a John Hughes '80s teen comedy will be sorely disappointed, as Project X pays owes more to Jersey Shore than it does memorable teen fare like Porky's, Weird Science or even Can't Hardly Wait.
The only good thing that can possibly be said about this film is that the filmmakers definitely know what their target audience wants: shots of underage breasts, explosions, dry-humping and gross-out puking sequences, with a loud, obnoxious rap soundtrack booming in the background.
Project X will sadly appeal to the younger generation who consider the promotional tweets on the film's trailer reputable quotes. Unfortunately, everybody else will be wondering why a studio decided to green light a handheld film that exploits teen delinquency without at least showing one grisly death. (Warner)