Movie Review: Project X
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.
This movie isn’t going to be for everyone. If you go into this movie not just wanting to have fun then you are in for a world of hurt. Project X focuses on three friends, Thomas, the main character who’s house is the scene of the party, Costa, the guy who thinks he is cooler than he really is and brags about how cool he was in his old neighborhood, and JB, the fat kid in the group. They are very unpopular and decide to try and throw an epic party for Thomas’ birthday that happens to coincide with his parents going away for the weekend. The movie does start out a little slow as they show the lead up to the party and introducing the characters, but once it pops off, it really pops off and doesn’t stop until the end of the movie. It is filmed in the “found footage” point of view and I must say that was the best decision they could have done. There is a 4th friend you don’t see much of the movie who does the majority of the filming and along with a few other characters who were “recording” with their cell phones. It gives an extra feel to the movie in my opinion. The way it is shot, it makes you feel as if you are right there at the party having a good time with everyone. In all honesty the camera work was probably the best I’ve seen for this type of movie next to chronicle. It gave you the sense that you were right there and with a party like this, that’s the feeling you want.
Speaking of the party, I am pretty sure that it was an actual party. Halfway through this movie all I could think of was that Todd Phillips gave a bunch of college students alcohol, weed, and ecstasy and said “go have fun.” The actual run time was about 1 hour and a half. I believe 40 minutes of it was actual “acting”, the rest was just the epic party that was shot. Speaking of the acting, for a film that has no name actors, it wasn’t bad. Todd Phillips actually went out his way to hire a cast that had no acting experience and outside of a few scenes at the beginning, you couldn’t really tell. I also believe that the main cast was under the influence the entire time. There were a few scenes that I thought looking at it and said to myself “these fools are really fucked up.” It made parts of the film more believable.
The movie itself is billed as a comedy, but I didn’t find it overly funny as say The Hangover, which a lot of people are comparing it to. It does have that same feel. There were many scenes I laughed at but ultimately, the movie felt more like I was at an epic party and i was just having a good time. I kinda wished I would have seen this movie drunk or high. It would have added to the experience a lot. Another good thing about this movie is that nothing seemed out of place and I didn’t have any questions by the end of the movie. The scenes from the trailer all make sense when you get to them in the movie, such as the car in the pool, the midget in the oven, and even the fire. I really liked the movie for that. By the time you get to the end you will just say “that was an awesome time.”
I will admit, I probably won’t see this in the theaters again. Will I buy it on DVD, more than likely, especially the unrated version. The theatrical was full of breasts, drugs and booze, lord knows what waits in the unrated version. I paid matinee price for it and if I would have seen this for full price I would have been satisfied too. This is a film tailor made for anyone 16 to 30, and if you are in that age range you will have a good time.