Try to remember the most outrageous party you went to when you were younger. Now remember the loudest party the high school or college kids in your neighborhood have thrown. Add them together, multiply by a hundred (or a thousand) and you’ve got “Project X.”
It’s a situation we’ve seen before in movies: the parents go away, leaving their teen(s) at home, and a wild party ensues. In “Project X,” a trio of generally uncool high school kids—the instigator, the reluctant host and the chubby super nerd—invite an army of partiers to invade the host’s backyard to celebrate the host’s birthday. (None of the film’s actors are well-known.)
Things get out of hand in a hurry. Our trio alternately worries about the consequences and takes part in the mayhem. Of course, the prospects of sexual activity are continually looming. The reluctant host takes the relationship with his longtime platonic girlfriend to a new level and decides to go for more action with a previously unobtainable babe.
You’ll laugh and you’ll cringe, no matter your age or perspective on the situation.
“Project X” will likely become for the class of ’12 what “Superbad” was for the class of ’08. The language is pervasive, as is the drinking and drugging. Sexual content consists mainly of numerous bare boobs on pool-jumping girls and one sabotaged would-be hookup. “X” is “R,” but I’m guessing there will be some theater-jumping in the cineplex by the 14-16 year-olds.
“Project X” is shot mostly in “verite” style by “Dax.” “Dax,” showing great dedication to his craft, remains an observer, not a participant, throughout the whole episode.
Should parents be concerned about leaving their high school seniors home alone overnight after the kids have seen “Project X?” “Project X” is so over-the-top that your kids could never even come close to matching it. Having said that, I know from personal experience that you should never leave your high school kids home alone overnight—whether they’ve seen the movie or not.
“Project X” does a good job of chronicling the whole (fictional) event and gives us some likeable characters. Despite the overload of f-bombs, I like it.