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PROJECT X – Movie Review

Good teen comedies are rare nowadays, and the best ones get a few key things right.  They have likeable, well-developed characters; a somewhat realistic approach to situations; and an overall sense of enjoyment, allowing the audience to sympathize with the youth spirit.  And with the new found footage comedy, Project X, I was hoping it could be a welcome addition to this rare breed of teen comedies.  Unfortunately, it fails to get any one of those key elements right.

The film follows a group of high school outcasts, who don’t have a notable reputation among their peers, and they want that to change.  So, when one of the kids’, Thomas (Thomas Mann), parents go out of town for a weekend, coincidentally falling on the same weekend as his birthday, the friends plan a huge birthday party for him, and invite practically their entire grade to his house.  That’s only the beginning of the insanity that occurs at the party in Project X.

Within the opening minute of Project X, we are introduced to one of Thomas’ friends, Costa (Oliver Cooper).  At that moment, I face-palmed and knew we were doomed.  The first act of this film follows the friends spreading the word about their party throughout their school, and it’s just unbearable.  The humor is forced, the characters are introduced in an unlikeable light, and its representation of a high school was too by-the-numbers to actually believe.

Once the party kicks in, the film picks up in laughs and set pieces (most of which were given away in the trailer), but it’s ultimately not enjoyable for a couple reasons.  Firstly, the entire time the party is unfolding, and more and more destruction hits Thomas’ house, I didn’t enjoy watching it, because I was thinking about how much trouble he was going to get into the next morning.  And secondly, the party itself goes too over-the-top and extreme to really have fun with.

The third act takes an interesting, almost disaster movie approach, but the last few scenes during the next morning left me completely empty, wishing the party hadn’t even happened.  It felt like a slap to the face from the writers, like we weren’t actually supposed to enjoy the party at all.

Overall, there are some laughs and interesting ideas, but Project X fails to connect with me as a teen movie, a found footage movie, and as a comedy in general.


  1. March 3, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Good review, although we felt differently about it, at least you explained very well why you didn’t like it! check out my review when you have the time! http://conordcfc.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/film-review-project-x/

  1. March 4, 2012 at 10:50 am

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