Project X

March 3rd, 2012








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Project X

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Plot
3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.

Release Year: 2012

Rating: 5.9/10 (849 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Stars: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown

Storyline
3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.

Writers: Matt Drake, Michael Bacall

Cast:
Thomas Mann - Thomas
Oliver Cooper - Costa
Jonathan Daniel Brown - JB
Dax Flame - Dax
Kirby Bliss Blanton - Kirby
Brady Hender - Everett
Nick Nervies - Tyler
Alexis Knapp - Alexis
Miles Teller - Miles
Peter Mackenzie - Dad
Caitlin Dulany - Mom
Rob Evors - Rob
Rick Shapiro - T-Rick
Martin Klebba - Angry Little Person
Pete Gardner - Older Guy

Taglines: The Party You've Only Dreamed About

Release Date: 2 March 2012

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Loosely based on the house party of Corey Delaney in Australia. The then-teenager posted the address of his house party on MySpace, attracting around 500 people and caused over $20,000 in property damage. His party attracted journalists and was widely disliked by the public, having been assaulted by a group of teenagers after the events.



User Review

The real 'Facebook - The Movie'

Rating: 5/10

I'm still trying to figure out why this film left such a weird taste in my mouth. It's odd, coming out of a film and having NOTHING to say about it. Possibly, it's because almost nothing happens. They throw a party. It goes bananas. Stuff gets set on fire. Nothing you can't divine from the trailer.

It took me a while to realize why. There was a gaping whole at the center of this film. The message - nothing really matters, everyone should do whatever it takes to be cool, skinny, popular, etc. And there are no consequences. Self-destruction presented as empowerment.

This is nothing new, and I'm too young to be seriously offended by this sentiment, but Project X takes it to a higher pitch than ever before. It's like watching a stream of Facebook threads, links and comments fly past for 90 minutes. Intercut with whoops and heavy bass-lines. It doesn't feel like a music video. It is a music video. And about as satisfying.

It's made in the image of John Hughes films, updated for the Ritalin generation, but it moves too fast. I found myself wanting to say 'How about that scene where ... ' but realized that there were no scenes I found funny enough to bother recounting.

I know how this all sounds. Like a hater. But it's not. I just didn't care. There was nothing to care about. Nothing I hadn't seen in a dozen music videos a dozen times, but now, with a couple of fat kids thrown in. The only thing that leaves me wincing is the overtness of the film's nihilism. Screw everything. And everyone. This is the image of themselves these Socal kids are getting presented with. If it plays well at the box office - which it will, and nothing I can say will change that - it's the kind of thing we'll see more of. And more of. And more of. The same thing. Over. And over. Again.




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