July 07, 2013

PROJECT X Makes Me Feel Old


"Is this big enough to be cool?"
If these children are our future, we're all fucked.

Project X is a movie that champions excess and debauchery without real consequence, full of reprehensible characters that do terrible things all in the name of "being cool."  Granted I never did any drinking in high school and never really went to any big parties, but the entire thing just felt totally foreign to me.  Obviously a rager with 1500 people that burns down a Pasadena neighborhood is meant to be exaggerated and over the top, but I also have no doubt that plenty of teenagers would line up and pay good money to crash this kind of party.  Is this really the mindset of today's teenagers?  And do they not give a shit about movies with three dimensional characters and plot development?  Apparently not, seeing as Project X was the most illegally downloaded movie of 2012.

More importantly, when did I become a cranky old man?

The only compelling factor here is the actual shooting of the thing.  The crew passed out Flip video cameras and iPhones to some of the 200 extras assembled for the party scenes and let them shoot some the scripted action from their own perspectives while also improvising party shenanigans in the background.  It's a cool concept that yields little more than a lot of low-res, poorly composed YouTube-esque footage.  And a teenager girl peeing on concrete.

This is an awful movie made for awful people, but somehow it seems not worth the effort of actually trying to critique it.  It's like taking shots at My Little Pony or The Smurfs - movies that weren't made for an audience of intelligent thinking adults.  I'm just not the target demographic here.  I'm sure there are plenty of drunken, horny teenagers who think this movie is totally fucking awesome.

I'm going to bed.  Can I get a glass of warm milk?

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Title: Project X
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Starring: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller
Year Of Release: 2012
Viewing Method: Showtime HD