I generally dislike American teen comedies, because they showcase the Ugly American at its ugliest. The Yanks seem to find this sort of obnoxious crassness amusing, out of some desire for vicarious wish fulfillment, or nostalgia for their own teen years. In the case of “Project X”, that distaste is compounded by the fact that it’s done in the Found Footage style that’s been so popular over the last decade. Annoying teens mugging for the camera for 90 minutes? Ugh. The only promising sign is that Todd Phillips is producing, so this might be the next “The Hangover”. Comedy’s hard to do, so I’m willing to give this a chance. Just barely.
Here’s what the movie’s about, as described by the studio: “Project X follows three seemingly anonymous high school seniors as they attempt to finally make a name for themselves. Their idea is innocent enough: let’s throw a party that no one will forget… but nothing could prepare them for this party. Word spreads quickly as dreams are ruined, records are blemished and legends are born. Project X is a warning to parents and police everywhere.”
“Project X” stars a bunch of unknowns like Kirby Bliss Blanton, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper, Alexis Knapp, Thomas Mann, and Miles Teller. It premieres 2nd March in the US. Don’t hold your breath for it to be released here.