I have talked about many different types of movies in the blogs over the past few weeks. From action movies targeted towards fathers and their sons, to action comedies targeting to an older generation, to unexpected controversial movies that are meant to be for the whole family. ‘Project X’ is a very different kind of movie. Set in the present day and shot with a $12 million dollar budget, ‘Project X’ takes a different approach than your traditional movie. An open casting call was done to find the stars of the film, with most of the actors having little to no experience acting.
Not to be confused for a film looking to win an Oscar, ‘Project X’ is the story of three teenagers in high school who decide to throw the biggest party that their city has ever seen. It is Thomas’ birthday, after all and his parents are out of town. As the trailer for the film shows, this isn’t your average birthday party. Underage drinking, teenage lust, sex and breaking things are some of the more prominent things that occur in this film, as the teenagers get away with a lot more than they should. The movie was shot to appear as if one student was filming the entire party.
‘Project X’ was clearly created to tap into the crowd of teenagers and young adults who’s mission in life is to party and have a good time. With no valuable lesson to learn, it’s easy to see why reviews have been mixed and on the lower side of the spectrum. The majority of reviews from major publications use descriptions such as “mind-numbingly bad,” ” grimly depressing,” and “vile” to describe this film. Reviews in favor of the film scold those who criticize it for thinking too old.
Through full use of social media such as FaceBook advertising, Twitter trending and a tagline that states, “The Party You’ve Only Dreamed About,” it’s safe to say that the film should have a decent-sized following from a younger audience. One thing’s for sure, ‘Project X’ has nothing on ‘The Lorax’ this weekend, especially if Friday’s Box Office is any indication (where ‘The Lorax’ is said to have grossed double of what ‘Project X’ has). While many youngsters are sure to come out for this movie full of partying, the family friendly film has the upper hand. ‘Project X’ is out in theaters now.