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‘Project X’ Review: ‘Superbad’ Meets Found-Footage Film-making!

Project X is no Animal House but it’s definitely a fun, unapologetic comedy for the new generation. Think Superbad meets Chronicle, a recent box office hit that uses the found-footage approach to tell the story.

There are a lot of ‘party movies’ out there including Porky’s, Old School, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and The Hangover. Project X doesn’t steer far from these movies, we’ve just never quite seen it like this before.

When his parents go away on vacation, cutesy nerd Thomas (Thomas Hann) and his two best buds Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) decide to throw the ultimate of parties in honor of Thomas’ birthday and more importantly, to help them score some more friends (and girls) at school. They decide to get the high school loner to film the party and document it’s events, bringing in the idea of found-footage film making.

All actors are no-names, but they were completely natural and believable in telling the story. There is a lot of cursing and a lot of sexual references and if you can get past the insanely crude humor, X delivers on putting us right in the middle of the party, experiencing it with the rest of the partygoers.

What’s unique about the film is that the directors used multiple cameras to capture the party essence, shooting from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night for a month straight. So literally, there was a party going on and with the use of the several tiny cameras being used my the actors themselves, scenes were pieced together to create certain sequences in the movie.

What’s great about Project X, is that it doesn’t need to establish the characters or the situation they are in, we all know it because we’ve experienced it or at least know someone who has. The film relies on the party cliches to make the movie, which suits it. When we hear Thomas’ father warn him about not driving his car, we all know what’s going to happen later in the movie and that’s just fine.

Despite the predictable party moments, which I think helped the film, Project X has several surprising moments that make you laugh out loud, gasp and even scream. Every time you think things can’t be pushed any further in the film, it goes even more haywire making it a crazy-fun time.

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