R, 88 min.
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Writers: Michael Bacall, Matt Drake
Starring: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Brady Hender, Nick Nervies, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller
“Project X” gets a lot of things right in its attempt to tell a—albeit—slightly unbelievable tale of a party gone supernova. What it doesn’t ever quite get is any sort of dramatic—or rather comedic—direction going. For a long time I sat witnessing this massive party wondering when it was gonna get crazy funny. It got crazy, to be sure. Then it occurred to me that maybe the filmmakers weren’t making a comedy. Maybe they were trying to make some sort of grand statement about the world we live in and our future’s generation in it. Then I realized once again that this was just movie about a birthday party blown horribly out of proportion. By the end, considering the sentimental and cliché conclusion, I was pretty sure comedy was intended, just never achieved.
In many ways, this movie is fascinating in its portrayal of the evolution of a high school party at a middle class suburban house when the parents are away for the weekend. The way the party escalates is very natural and it seems like a party that would’ve been a hell of a lot of fun to attend. But, there is good reason why they haven’t yet started televising parties as they happen. They aren’t exactly spectator sport.