Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Stars: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown
Personally I’m not a big fan of movies that sell the audience on the fact that it’s being produced by a director (Todd Phillips) from an entirely different film that did very well (The Hangover). With that said, Project X is still a fun movie that will be talked about and referenced to for weeks to come. There’s nothing more fun than being at a great party, and Project X puts you square in the middle of one the craziest and largest house parties ever.
It starts off with Costa, the wannabe gangsta that wears a sweater vest throughout the entire movie. It’s clear Costa is the troublemaker of the trio. His search for social approval among his friends is the most important thing to him and decides to take it upon himself to throw his friend Thomas a huge birthday party that will get them the recognition he wants. Thomas is the reserved type who drives the family minivan to school which he got from his parents as a birthday gift. He’s against the idea and only wants a “max of fifty people” to attend his party. More than fifty show up. A lot more.
From here the roller coaster begins and it doesn’t stop until the final scene. The characters, like two skinny twelve year old security guards taking their job way too seriously to a small person who goes around punching people in the groin, are the glue that keeps Project X from becoming just another pop music video. One thing to note: the cameraman is actually a character in the movie. Rarely seen or heard from except for a few self shots in the mirrors and interaction with the main characters, the audience is put into his perspective which I thought was genius. You really feel the atmosphere of the party while walking with the cameraman. It added a sense of realism to the movie.
If you have any expectations about Project X they will be met and probably exceeded. It’s not The Hangover like the movie studios want to make you believe, but it is a unique and fun movie on it’s own to watch.