Thursday, 1 March 2012

Project X ★☆☆☆☆

From producer Todd Phillips (The Hangover [2009], Old School [2003]) and first time director Nima Nourizadeh, Project X (2012) is a found footage-style examination of high school culture that successfully manages to sink to the lowest depths of entertainment.

The moment Project X's destructive catalyst Costa (Oliver Cooper) declares to the camera during the film's opening scene that he's going to 'get his dick wet' we know what type of humour we're about to become subjected to. He's organising a 'game changing' house party for his incredibly uncool friend Thomas' birthday (Thomas Mann) - conveniently having the whole event filmed as an additional gift. Thomas' parent are away celebrating their anniversary, leaving their apparent 'loser' of a son home alone for the weekend. What transpires is a monumental party that any ageing rock star would be pleased to call their own. However, things soon escalate out of control, with Thomas's party falling into chaos at a rate only match by the film's rapid descent into a loathsome collection of increasingly inane jokes and set pieces.

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