Title: Project X
Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Miles Teller, Alexis Knapp
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Writer(s): Matt Drake, Michael Bacall
MPAA Rating: R (crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem – all involving teens)
Plot Synopsis: Three high schoolers look to become the talk of the hallways by throwing a big-time party for their one of their own and make it the biggest no one will ever forget, but in one epic night, the party soon spirals into a frenzy wildfire of sex, drugs and full-on teenage debauchery.
Bottom Line: Since 2008’s “Cloverfield”, the found-footage sub-genre has been confined to the sci-fi and horror genres. No one has ever made an attempt to break it out to those genres…..until now. While it’s not exactly a game-changer, “Project X” does take the found-footage niche and combines it with comedy that’s crude, outrageous & hysterical. The story begins, appropriately enough, with horndog Costas (Cooper) who wants to do something big for his strait-laced best friend Thomas’ (Mann) birthday as well as help gain popularity for himself, Thomas & nerdy J.B. (Brown). After Thomas’ parents go on a weekend vacation for their wedding anniversary, the three friends decide to throw a big party that’s “big enough to be cool”, armed to the teeth with booze, music, fun and most importantly, women that they’re looking to hook up with. Costas, the wild man that he is, decides to spread the word around school. Soon, everyone’s looking to see what all the hype is about. Along with Thomas’ best gal pal Kirby (Blanton), Thomas, Costas, J.B. & Dax (Flame), the strange A.V. camera guy capturing all the madness, begin the process of throwing the party of a lifetime, even inviting partymaster Miles Teller (Teller), who’s a known HS legend, to the evening’s events. Things seem to be going really well until a series of chaotic events, ranging from property damage to ecstacy trips to a vengeful drug dealer looking to settle a score with Costas to dangerous stand-offs with cops to even an angry dwarf stuck in the oven, turns this awesome party into an event where dreams are ruined, unexpected hearts will be broken and legends will be born in one fantastic night. While most of the characters and moments in the film are pretty much standard high school movie cliches, almost all of the gags and comedy come directly from the party itself and it’s in those moments that where everyone takes the humor and runs with it. There are some moments that tend to drag and could’ve almost messed up the movie’s flow but luckily it only happens twice in the film. “Project X” has miles to go before it can be a party movie classic like “House Party” or “Animal House” or even “Old School” (which was directed by Todd Phillips, who serves as a producer on this film) but it gets there and does a good job doing so.