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Project X

  • Film
  • 1 out of 5 stars
  1. Projet X
  2. Oliver Cooper, Thomas Mann and Jonathan Daniel Brown in Project X
    Oliver Cooper, Thomas Mann and Jonathan Daniel Brown in Project X
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Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

Is this an early contender for most obnoxious film of 2012? Like ‘The Hangover’ in a training bra, ‘Project X’ chronicles the outrageous antics of a monster blow-out. Here it’s geeky teenage boys throwing an out-of-control house party in a plot that feels like it’s lifted from one of those articles the Daily Mail likes to scare the parents with: ‘Middle-class Kids On The Rampage!’

‘Project X’ is shot as gimmicky ‘found footage’ (yet another kid with his mom’s video camera and the precocious skills of a young Spielberg) but that’s the least of the film’s offences. It raised my moral outrage heckles in ways I didn’t think possible. It gives off the whiff of pseudo-charm and suggests all the non-stop talk of getting laid by bitches is harmless because these kids really have zero experience of actual proper living girls. Seriously? And there are endless flashes of boobs (imagine a X-rated American Apparel ad). Which is depressing, because despite its 18 rating, ‘Project X’ will surely have a long and prosperous afterlife on DVD, watched by teens.

There is scope here for a marginally less offensive movie – the script is co-written by Michael Bacall (‘Scott Pilgrim vs The World’) and you can picture Michael Cera in the lead. Plus there’s a smattering of neat touches that would be amusing in a less crass movie: a pair of pint-sized prepubescent ninja security guards wielding Tasers are pleasingly deadpan in a Wes Anderson-ish way. But director Nima Nourizadeh pretty much ticks every box marked crude and predictable: sprays of vomit, girls snogging, someone giving the dog a blowback, dad’s Merc in the pool… Imagine it, and it’s in there.

Written by Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Release date:Friday 2 March 2012
  • Duration:88 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Nima Nourizadeh
  • Screenwriter:Michael Bacall, Matt Drake
  • Cast:
    • Oliver Cooper
    • Nichole Bloom
    • Jonathan Daniel Brown
    • Thomas Mann
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