COURTESY OF BETH DUBBER
As much as we all hate to admit it, the superficiality of high school can really cut us to the core; the desire to be well liked is ubiquitous. Therefore, one of the best ways to get noticed is to throw an epic house party, right?
In the film “Project X,” that is exactly what three high school outcasts decided to do, and let’s just say it worked in their favor.
On their best friend’s birthday, Costa (Oliver Cooper) and J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown) decide to plan a party that Thomas (Thomas Mann) will never forget, especially since they recruited the help of an A/V Club member named Dax (Dax Flame) to document the whole night.
The film’s cast was chosen on a nationwide talent search, so the main characters were newcomers to the big screen. Nevertheless, their performances were so believable that the viewer may even think it really was a documentary. This point is exacerbated by the shaky camera work, making it seem like Dax really was filming the whole movie himself.
Produced by the director of “Old School” and “The Hangover” (Todd Phillips), it’s no surprise the film is filled to the brim with laugh-out-loud moments.
It is safe to say that the audience will certainly not be bored at any point during “Project X.” The crude humor, uncouth language, nudity and liberal drug and alcohol use throughout the movie add to the film’s humor but also guarantee that this film is definitely not one to see with one’s parents.
In fact, even the more unbelievable moments of the film (like busting a gnome open and finding a ton of ecstasy or the untamed use of a flamethrower) just add to the shock factor and keep the audience engaged throughout.
One of best parts of the film was actually the soundtrack. From hardcore gangsta rap to some incredible party songs, like the Steve Aoki remix of Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and “H.A.M.” by Jay-Z & Kanye West, the audience was having (almost) as much fun as the kids at the party. Limiting the music to songs that are well-known and liked was definitely a smart decision.
The fun and games don’t last forever, however, and the party ends up in mass chaos on a level that the audience does not see coming. It goes without explanation, though, that these previously outcast high schoolers achieved their goal: throwing the craziest party Pasadena, Calif., has ever seen.