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.
Conclusion: Don't worry, I'll spare you the repeat rant. If you decide to brave the Project X waters, you'll be treated to a faithful AV presentation (flaws and all) and a nearly barebones supplemental package built around three mercifully short featurettes. Obviously, I had a strong reaction to Phillips and Nourizadeh's no-holds-barred teen comedy, and that's really the best thing I can say about it. I'm sure someone, somewhere will laugh their head off.
Conclusion: Project X is one of those late sixties kitsch -fests that is wackily enjoyable on its own small scale terms. The problem is the film could have been so much better if only it had stuck closer to Davies' original concept. I highly recommend any of you who like trippy science fiction-esque novels to seek out The Artificial Man (especially the Scholastic paperback edition, which has a "really cool" cover) and to read it, either before or after seeing Project X .
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.