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by Matt Elliot Taylor (subscribe)
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
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Every teenager loves a good birthday bash. Cake, presents, music, family, friends and food are just some of the things that come to mind when thinking what makes a worthy celebration of becoming a year older. But here is the party you've only dreamed about in Project X.

High school geek Tom (Thomas Mann) is having birthday party on the same weekend his parents are away. He is given strict instructions as to what not to do while they are gone, and is intent on following them to the letter. That is until his two nerdy and sex-obsessed friends Costa (Oliver Cooper) and J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown) begin to spread the word not only around the school but online through social media, email and even the local radio station. "I only want enough people to come so it would be cool" says Tom, but when a party that is supposed to have a maximum attendance of 50 quickly blossoms to 2000, things go out of control and Tom's 'cool' birthday party rapidly descends into chaos, as the group's weird friend Dax (Dax Flame) who conveniently doesn't drink, captures the night's memorable events on his camera.

Tom, Costa and J.B. on a night they won't forget.

Assembled from Dax' footage as well as recordings from party-goers mobile phones, this is a rip-roaring chronicle of commotion and bedam. What begins as a bland, one-dimensional teenage sex-crazed venture for attention progressively and unrelentingly spirals out of control. That doesn't necessarily mean the film gets much better, but it at least becomes a little entertaining. As the bold but believable transforms into the wild and excessive, it's hard to really care for anyone involved because we see disaster coming a mile away. We feel a little sorry for Tom because it wasn't entirely his fault, but when he starts partaking in drugs and reckless behaviour like his juvenile birthday guests he has officially lost all compassion from the audience. It's very difficult to care about anything if we don't care about the characters, unless of course it's superficial and just for laughs and shock value.

Everett (Brady Hender) and Tyler (Nick Nervies) provide security.

The home-made, hand-held camerawork decision is an interesting touch in a desperate attempt to lend some believability to the utter anarchy on-screen, but will be extremely irritating for some – why there is a credit for a Director of Photography is a mystery. To reach feature-film length, there are overdoses of techno-booming dance montages and drunken sexual behaviour that will put off any audience member over the age of 20. As a matter of fact, there is no recent film that is surer of its target audience, so it should get points for that. Because it so over-the-top by the end, there is the distinct possibility it will win some people over. It's just one of those dirty little party movies in the vein of Porky's [1982] that becomes increasingly entertaining as it approaches the end, with a satisfying epilogue involving each of the character's consequences. It's a film all about the surface – what you see is what you get, despite the fact it tries half-heartedly to add a romance feud between Tom and childhood sweetheart Kirby (Kirby Bliss Blanton), perhaps the only female cast member to not take her top off.

This was produced by Todd Phillips, the director of The Hangover films as well as other teen comedies such as Road Trip [2000] and Old School [2003]. There is no wonder that this is the main credit on all the theatrical posters, because no one else involved in the project has any previous experience, let alone a professional resume.

Project X is madness, not only in its subject matter, but in its merit. The sheer shallowness of such an enterprise will make more sophisticated movie-goers ask the question "why did Warner Brothers fund this?" But it's wickedly entertaining by the end and ultimately it's a movie for teenagers by teenagers, because everything about it embodies the inner workings of an adolescent and frivolous mind.


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