Today: February 29, 2024

Project X

Parties are the bread and butter of a teen movie.

Parties are the bread
and butter of a teen movie
. The fierce confidence and stupidity that come
with alcohol, the hormones and the social pressures combined with the rebellion
of youth are what drive the turning point of the film or, as boasted in Project
X, “the game changer.”

At the eye of all this scuzzy mayhem you’ll invariably find
the underdog, the sort of young man you’d wish well upon. Superbad’s Seth, Evan and Fogell are prime examples of the species,
pushing for status but not sacrificing friendship to do so. “Superbad on Crack”
is the tagline that has blazed across Project X’s marketing trail and, in many
ways, this is accurate but not in the outrageous context Warner Brothers was
hoping for. Director Nima Nourizadeh and the producers of The Hangover
take the harder aspects of the frat genre for an intense explicit experience
that lacks all the heart of its predecessors. The three central boys have the
makings of your typical outcasts (overweight, gawky, arrogance masking
insecurity) but any glimpse of brotherhood is shunned for topless shots, booty
banging and a headache-inducing bass-line.

The laughs are fast and idiotic;
midgets punching crotches, aroused canines, reckless pranks. There’s a sliver
of a narrative; lead lad Thomas (Thomas
Mann
) is throwing a birthday party in the hopes of gaining some recognition
in the school corridors and enlists the help of his two over-excited best buds
Costa (Cooper) and JB (Brown) to do so. There’s a handful of
shallow supporting characters but these offer little more than boobs and
passive aggression, and the weight of our trio of misfits don’t fill out the
figures of the sort of people you want to root for.

There is an undeniable sense of
fun from the moment the kegs are cracked open. The “handheld” camera (which
somehow achieves slow motion) is jarring, and the sheer lack of consequences
and mindless joy are something the level-headed and responsible can only dream
of. For the younger end of the
audience this will be an absolute winner, flipping the bird to every trouble
that comes with adolescence. Those looking for anything past feckless
destruction will be disappointed to the core and left with nothing but a
comedown to walk away with.

Beth Webb - Events Editor

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