Project X (Nima Nourizadeh) 2012
I’ve heard some extreme positions on this movie ranging from one of the biggest pieces of shit to a truly awesome party movie. So with such a broad range of opinions I have to throw in my two cents I guess.
Project X is another in the dead and rotting carcass of found footage movies where a group of high school losers are planning the mother of all parties for one of their friends. The found footage angle is from one of the friends filming the massive party.
I can actually see both sides of the argument for this movie. Being such a negative person I guess I will start with that position. Firstly, the ‘found footage‘ aspect of this movie is complete bullshit. There is no reason why this movie needed to be found footage other than the producers wanted to make a cheap movie. The director doesn’t stick with it, it does not matter to the plot, and does not contribute anything at all. Another reason they may have went with found footage is because it means the writers can forgo having to write a plot for this movie. Project X kind of has the spirit of a John Hughes story with it’s loser characters trying to achieve high school glory, but the finished product is almost insulting in its simplicity. This is as little as you have to do in order to see crazy party shit and it really hurts the first half of the movie when they are building up to said crazy party. Whenver there isn’t a little person in an over it is dreadfully slow.
What may hurt the movie the most are the characters. These are not likable characters such as in a John Hughes movie or even in Judd Aptow movies. They are not even likable jerks; they are just plain unlikable. Scratch that, they are complete assholes who grate on your patience throughout the movie. They don’t even get their commupance by they end and, in fact, it’s the opposite. These characters are somehow popular for the rest of their lives for this party when we all know what happens in high school means less than nothing for who you are the rest of your life.
On the positive side, if ALL you are looking for are crazy party shenanigans, then you are probably going to enjoy the movie. There are little people in ovens, there are flamethrowers, there are houses being destroyed, and so on. When the party gets started, they put everything including the kitchen sink in to make you laugh.
And even though I said I would be positive now, I have to go back and be a wet blanket. Even though the party is crazy, all of the best parts are absolutely spoiled by the trailer. To me, that is pretty much the killer of this movie. If I knew all the best parts were in the trailer, I would not want to pay full price to see this movie.
Project X has its target demographic, and if you are it then you will probably like it. It pretty much promises one thing and it delivers just that. To anyone looking for anything more than used up Hangover humor, they will not find it. There is no plot, the movie is slow to get going, much of the best parts are spoiled by the trailer, and the characters are very annoying. Movies like Project X I think are quickly forgotten as movies as they simply play the game of “Can you top this?“ with the toilet humor. And even though this claims to be the most extreme party movie ever, how much you wanna bet in the next few years you will have a string of movies that try to top it? This movie is a ‘skip it‘ or at least wait until it is on DVD.