Three high school seniors throw a party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.
Project X: I love you so much Superbad, I want to be just like you when I grow up.
Superbad: Fuck you Project X
I’m at least fifteen years too old for this film and now feel considerably older having just sat through such a mean-spirited movie populated with detestable dickheads. Where’s the heart, the jokes and love for the underdog that characterise the teen sex comedy? It appears to have been lost amongst a sea of vomit and debauchery that, even at its basest form of teenage wish fulfillment, just isn’t remotely pleasurable to watch. Project X doesn’t even attempt to tell a story or develop characters, it doesn’t even seem interested in telling any jokes as it is too busy revelling in privileged rich kids doing whatever they want without any fear of punishment.
It’s a dispiriting and obnoxious movie that is the absolute nadir of the teen comedy genre.
A very big candidate for worst film of the year, Project X made me absolutely furious whilst watching it, and I haven't felt that wound up by a film since Grown Ups. People who know me know that's a big deal.
The film is an utter shitpile for many reasons but the most egregious offenders which come to mind is the sheer laziness of the filmmaking. OK, you've given people loads of cameras. Great. And what do we see? High school kids getting drunk, breaking things and getting off with each other. For about an hour of the runtime. Brilliant. The film gets boring as soon as the party starts and considering it only stops in the last 5 minutes…
I was going to write a review for this last night, but I felt it would be better for my own mental welfare if I waited until I was sober and more emotionally stable.
I'm not a professional reviewer. so I don't take it upon myself to watch every movie I come across, no matter how bad it is. There are movies I refuse to see because I hate the idea of wasting such time that I could contribute to something better (aka anything else). I don't mind watching certain bad movies so I can have the opportunity to rip them a new asshole. As writers/reviewers, it can be rather cathartic for us to unload on these turds. But then…
I'm glad X marks the spot because then I at least know where to kick.
I'd like to offer my sincerest apologies to those in the Letterboxd community who have issued forth warnings concerning this film.
I am Moron Man and watched it anyway.
My eyes hurt.
I will be replacing the word horrible in my vocabulary with the title of this film. "That haircut is Project X." "This lasagna is Project X." "I had a Project X time at school today." "The film Project X is Project X."
While the vast majority of the film is derivative, I found the sequences filmed in the style of, um, hedonistic music video, to be enjoyable. Nothing we haven't seen before, just with a little more style and execution.
I was surprised by how not terrible this was. Yes - many would argue it has a hammy plot, predictable subplots, unnecessary nudity, one-dimensional characters, chaos that descends into incredulous madness, and it's also just a glorified filmed party. But I have to say that it's the Ronseal of films: it's a movie about an "epic" party and an "epic" party is what we got.
i can't exactly call it underrated because soooo many people do love it, but i can see where the hate comes from. yet, to me, project x is an incredibly enjoyable ride of absolute insanity and anarchy while being a somewhat subtle achievement in technicality and one of the best stylized films of 2012.
it's hearts in the right place, the characters have good chemistry and are often relatable at times, the humor worked (for me at least), and it's just as insane as it's promise to be for the people wanting a party movie.
I wanted to hate this. I so wanted to hate this. But in the end I just couldn't. Its maniacal approach to the tired house party genre somehow pushes the envelope far enough that you begin to accept it, if just to see what happens next. It's a guilty voyeuristic pleasure and I feel guilty for falling for that premise. And I wasn't even drunk.
Or the futile life of recreated adolescent mischief. But what is refreshing is the way these losers look attractive enough, lensed macabre and befitting underdogs at end of the tunnel. Still, very music video-ish fun. C
Completely insane. But there is no way you don't relate to it some parts: the way it was filmed, the short scenes showing happens for real, etc.
Watched for research for a project. Impressive for having the most unlikable comic relief (Costa) in the history of cinema.
I know a decent amount of people gate this film but I really like it. So much so that it was my third favourite film of 2012.
If the events of the film took place in the real world I'd hate these kids but confine the insanity to a film and it's fucking cool.