PROJECT X (2012)

PROJECT X (2012) 3

Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Writers: Matt Drake and Michael Bacall
Cast: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Alexis Knapp and Dax Flame
Studio: Warner Brothers

Thomas Kub is a high-school student from Pasadena who is about to celebrate his 17th birthday. His friend Costa plans to host the most epic party possible at Thomas’ house when his parents are away in effort to change their loser status. Costa spreads the word throughout the school and on the Internet, but the party is bigger than anyone could imagine. As Thomas tries to control the situation there is also romance in the air; he must choose between his long-time friend, Kirby, and the most popular girl in school, Alexis.

Losers try to throw a party to change their reputation, that party finally taking place and being even bigger than they imagined, and eventually said party getting out of control. There are so many instances in the movie where an entire song will play while we’re shown various shots of this crazy party and Thomas and his friends enjoying themselves. If anything ever felt like an extended music video before it was outdone by Project X. There’s barely a story here. Filming an out of control party doesn’t make it a movie. Calling it a movie feels disrespectful to anything that came before it.

There is one small shred of depth Project X offers and it lies within that one party changing everything mindset. It’s as if it offers this sense of accomplishment while doing something nobody thought you were capable of. Changing your life with the events that transpire in one night is something that probably seems strangely liberating, but this could also be viewed as the movie encouraging this type of behavior which is just as idiotic as the premise of the movie itself.

All eventually leads to an unsatisfactory and curiously ambiguous ending, one that begs the question of whether or not “Project X” serves as a warning against the behavior it depicts. I’m afraid I cannot elaborate on why, as I would have to issue a spoiler warning. Let it suffice to say that Thomas’ actions have generated two markedly different reactions, and that specific people are disturbingly unclear about their feelings in the matter. As far as I’m concerned, uncertainty is inappropriate for this kind of story.

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