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Project X - Film Review

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You are invited to the biggest party of all time

While films based on alcohol, crazy nights and strange male bonding have assumed the mainstream role of comedy, do not dismiss Project X at first glance. Admittedly, there isn't much of a plot; stupidity and awe are the basis of humour and no well known actors are present. But for 90 minutes viewers are absorbed into an unstoppable party which continually spirals out of control, leading to an epic finale.

Another handheld production, Project X centres itself on four teenagers (one of whom is the camera man and is rarely seen or heard) who are tired of being losers and want recognition amongst their peers. Setting up a house party through the newest forms of social advertising (Facebook, Craigslist etc), the boys get the fright of their lives when hundreds upon thousands show up for a night never to be forgotten.

Be it the dwarf in the oven, the drug lord burning down the neighbourhood with a flamethrower or the destructive nature of the guests, everything becomes entertaining. Drugs, nudity, sex, swearing, violence and gore are all present, making Project X a film for mature (or not so mature) audiences.

There are certain aspects which stand out above all else. Oliver Cooper replicates Jonah Hill's character in Superbad, longing for female attention and unleashing classic one-liners. The soundtrack is also a highlight, full of memorable tracks that will surely be used at future parties.

To dwell further is to diminish the overall effect, so grab a group of mates and enjoy the mayhem. If offended by such material or unsure whether the film is for you, perhaps wait until the DVD release.

No awards, rare praise but one hell of a ride.

As a film 6/10
As a party 10/10

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