Excerpt: I don't know if it officially started with Animal House or not, but at least since then every generation has had their "Let's be dumb and party movie." I first remember it with Can't Hardly Wait and American Pie , while some of my older friends growing up pointed to the final party in Weird Science or Dazed and Confused . I guess every generation needs films like that, films that say it's okay to let your hair down sometimes and have a little fun.
Excerpt: Project X is stupid. Not because of the kids throwing the party that somehow draws 1,500 people. Not because it actually expects an audience to be convinced that only one neighbor would call the cops on a party stretching across multiple lawns. Not because it actually pulls a Lethal Weapon 4 and introduces a flamethrower (!) to the proceedings.
Conclusion: From first-time director Nima Nourizadeh, 'Project X' is a weak attempt at raunchy entertainment about a trio kids throwing a house party which goes horribly wrong. With no redeeming value whatsoever but an endless barrage of debased teenage behavior, it tries to recapture the teen-sex comedies of the past but fails miserably due to a terribly dull formulaic plot that focuses more on the debauchery than at telling a good story.
Summary: Morally vapid. I never thought the day would come that I would mount my soapbox, clear my throat, and shout those two words into a review, but it seems that day has come. Morally vapid , a label I wouldn't even slap on a Jackass flick. I'm tempted to go as far as to call producer Todd Phillips and director Nima Nourizadeh's Project X a wasteland; an ugly, empty, barren desert prowled by vicious, self-destructive teenagers consuming anything and everything that'll bring...
Summary: Spring 2012 greeted a boisterous box office hit with Project X , a Hangover wannabe that kept its generic placeholder title when it started creating buzz, buzz that couldn't overcome the film's rather blistering critical reaction (not that it much mattered in terms of receipts). A generation earlier, there was another Project X , a 1987 science fiction thriller starring Matthew Broderick and a young Helen Hunt that dealt with super intelligent monkeys.
Excerpt: If I wanted to watch sleazy teens grab at their balls and boast about plans of getting their dicks wet and chasing pussy I could have saved some money and loitered in front of the movie theater. Instead, I was treated to these charming characters via Project X , a film too lazy to have a real name—I shouldn't be surprised it didn't have any real characters.
Excerpt: Like a short-sighted high schooler who thinks his entire life will change if he gets the girl, Project X is in dogged pursuit of a single goal: to film the wildest, most debauched party of all time. It succeeds at this by throwing pretty much everything at the wall, from a violent midget to a mounted policeman to a bevy of naked chicks, and by ignoring all the rules of storytelling, logic or even comedy that might hold it all together.
Excerpt: If I were 14 years old, I'd think Project X was the greatest movie I'd ever seen. At 36, let's just say I have some reservations. The film's biggest problem--indeed, the one that will prove a deal-breaker for most viewers of reasonable maturity and intelligence--is that the entire endeavor is based upon audiences finding utterly irresistible a character only marginally less detestable than Patrick Bateman.