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Genre: Comedy / Suitable for 18 years and over / Director: Nima Nourizadeh / Actors: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown ... / DVD released 2012-07-02 at Warner Home Video / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      06.02.2014 07:01
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      A film with great potential which is never fully realised, but mindless fun none the less

      For some reason when I was growing up, I never felt the need to throw any kind of party when my parents left me home alone, something which may have had a lot to do with not wanting to clear up after myself at the best of times, let alone a bunch of freeloaders wanting someplace to go on a Saturday night. Still my friends who did succumbed to such urges, rarely threw anything coming close to the epic party they usually expected, thanks to a movies once again providing us of a false perception of how these things would turn out, though even if they had I can safely say that they would certainly not even come close to the unrestrained chaos which we see here!

      Once again it's another found footage movie, only this time it has evolved into it's newest form, having previous been a format used for monster rampages (Cloverfield), charting developing superpowers (Chronicle) and even to an extent a murder (Mean Creek), but now the format is brought to the party movie, a genre long thought dead since the "Kid n' Play" movies of the early 90's and a sub genre whose last notable movie was arguably "Old School" back in 2003, whose director Todd Phillips best known for the equally riotous "Road Trip" and "The Hangover" is on producing duties here, while the genre is given a new spin by first time director Nima Nourizadeh, who attempts to mash two genres together to create the first found footage party movie.

      Following three high school seniors Thomas (Thomas Mann), his loud mouth best friend Costa (Oliver Cooper) and their portly hanger-on JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown), taking full advantage of Thomas's parents going away for the weekend by throwing an epic scale party at the house, in a last ditch attempt at popularity, having spent their school lives being branded as the loser kids, while at the same time also recruiting Dax (Dax Flame) a member of the school AV Club to document the whole event. However what starts off as a small party with 50 people soon grows, with word about the party being posted on Facebook and even mentioned on the radio, leading to hordes of party goers descending on the house and as the beer flows and the numbers grows, the party soon begins to loose control, as the boys now find themselves having to contend with not rowdy party goers, but also the police, their child security team, an angry dwarf, let alone a flame thrower welding drug dealer aswell!

      Portrayed solely as a teenage fantasy the film cares little about grounding itself in reality, as clearly seen with the setup that the boys assemble for their party, which it would seem is based on an seemingly bottomless budget, still we follow the boys in the lead up to the party, as they go about their preparations for the party from purchasing supplies and spreading the word about their party from which the film takes it's title, before we are thrown headlong into the ever increasing chaos of their party as it unfolds.

      The boys themselves are worryingly similar to the "Superbad" trio and it's infact so simlar it's almost to the point of them almost being clones with Thomas being a clone of Evan, Costa a less portly version of Seth, while the butt of the groups jokes JB clearly being their version of Fogell, something which was alittle more than distracting once it dawned on me, even if they are not as obscene they still lack any kind of chemistry as a group other than being frequently volatile towards each other, while rarely having anything more interesting than general conversation to say to each other throughout. Meanwhile other characters who impact the storyline just fall into the usual stereotypes of slutty girl and head jock, while the other party goers are largely indistinguishable from one another and generally there to provide background colour or general nudity depending on if they happen to be male or female.

      Still with no real goal outside of throwing an epic party, the film frequently feels that it has no where to go, once the boys have achieved this goal and the party is in full swing, meaning that the only thing which can happen is to gradually make the situation worse and in doing so ends up breaking the film's middle section into what feels like a seemingly random collection of party moments, from the creepy neighbour who randomly shows up to steal free drinks to the angry dwarf who gets shoved inside an oven, before then escaping and going on a crotch punching rampage, all which as amusing as they are, frequently add little in terms of plot development and only serve to represent the increasing chaotic nature the party has taken on in the lead up to the police finally trying to close down the party.

      The soundtrack is the usual predictable mix of teenager friendly party Hip hop, though at the same time containing two great remix's of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah's "Head's will Roll" and Shiny Toy Guns' "Le Disco", but nothing too surprising especially when most of the tracks on the soundtrack are used to provide general background noise.

      "Project X" is the sort of film which has a lot of great potential, but ultimately comes to very little outside of perhaps making the found movie genre a slightly more viable form of storytelling, especially with previous attempts to utilise it having largely left me feeling more detached than involved with the films which utilised this method of shooting, especially with it frequently proving difficult to tell exactly what is supposed to be happening, due to the frequent bursts of shaky cam footage that this style of film making is sonominous with, something also noticeably kept to a minimum here. While the self shot footage has more of a feeling of involvement than the usual stilted party scenes of attractive actors looking bored and pretending to dance to the soundtrack, which have become a familiar staple of any teen movie, but here thanks to this shooting style they at least look as if they are involved in the party. However were it falls short is the heavy uses of montages and scenes were the soundtrack comes to the forefront, along with rapid cuts and multiple camera angles which frequently appear as filler between each set sequence, rather than having a continuously running shot, let alone the fact seeing how the film is supposedly being shot by Dax, he does frequently seem to have a highly voyeuristic style of shooting, let alone always seems to be in the perfect position to capture those key party moments, a problem which no doubt would have been solved by establishing the idea of multiple people filming at the same event, as employed by the Beastie Boy's for their concert movie "Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot that!" were they gave out camcorders to 50 members of the audience to film the concert and something which might have made some of the general party footage more interesting, especially if it meant getting to see more than the same predictable shots and even more so when Dax is essentially reduced to a faceless cameraman outside of the opening introductions.

      Unsurprisingly since the films release a number of copycat parties have sprung up including "Project M" and "Project Kris" both of which were closed down by the police before they started, while in Miramar, Florida high schooler Christopher Dale invited people to a foreclosed home to recreate the film as "Project X House Party 2", using a combination of Youtube, Twitter and Craigslist to advertise the party. Dale however would be arrested before the party started and charged with $4,000 of criminal damage, while the police also turned away around 2,000 teenagers who had shown up for the party and proving once again just how susceptible some people are to Monkey See, Monkey Do syndrome. This is ultimately a distraction away from the toils of real life and a fun and mindless night at the movies.

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        17.05.2013 12:06
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        I decided to watch this one night on sky but I really wish I did not bother. The film from start to end seemed very pointless and had I paid for this film I would have been very disappointed. The films lasts 87 minutes which is 87 minutes of my life I can never get back.

        The film is about three nerdy students who want to become more popular. It is Thomas birthday, so they decide to throw a party to remember. They invite anyone that will be interested in coming. As Thomas has the house to himself he thinks he can easily get away with throwing this party without his parents finding out. But what little does he know about what can happen.
        The party soon enough spirals out of control and it spills out onto the street. Police are called including riot cops. The film includes sex, violence and drugs. The film is all just based around the party and what happens in the aftermath. I will say there are a few funny parts in the film, but still not worth the watch. I think one of the funniest parts was watching Thomas Mann who plays the lead role of Thomas, trying to act like he was high on drugs, this just did not work for me at all, and I thought it could have been played out better.

        I mean this film was not really life like, parts in it was just too far fetched, including that his dad almost seemed proud of him at the end due to how many people he got to attend. I mean in reality would anyone go to these lenghs to become popular. I doubt it very much.
        I really did not see the point in watching this film, there was no good storyline and the acting left a lot to be desired. There is really not too much I can say about this film, there is definitely nothing good to say about this film. I would not recommend this to watch as it is not worth the time

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