Ain’t no party like a Project X party!

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film review, Issue 22, Project X, Viviana Bravo, Entertainment - By Viviana Bravo on Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 02:23

People have parties all the time–anniversaries, graduations, but especially birthday parties. But you have never been to a birthday party like the one in Project X.

Project X surrounds the story of three high school seniors who throw a birthday party in order to change their reputation.

Unfortunately, as the night continues, it grows worse for the group such as a little person getting thrown into a stove, the police coming over and trees catching on fire.

During the whole movie, it reminded me of Superbad, but ten times worse. The reason was that it is about teenagers who want to party and become important instead of losers who get made fun of and have only one or two friends. I was waiting for Jonah Hill to appear, but I guess he was replaced.

The three friends are Thomas, played by Thomas Mann, Costa, played by Oliver Cooper, and JB, played by Jonathan Daniel Brown. There is also a cameraman named Dax, played by Dax Flame. Somehow it seems that the screenwriter could only come up with their original names, but nevertheless this movie seems as if it could never happen in reality. But it has.

The film was based on a real event that occurred in Corey Delaney, Australia, where there was a teenager who decided to post the address of his party on MySpace. This added about 500 people to his house party and caused $20,000 in property damage. The only difference between the film and this incident is that there was a lot more damage and a lot more people in the former.

Mann’s character, Thomas, is seen as a wimpy kid who slides by in school. He is not the jock or the smartest kid in class, but without him there would be no party. He turns 17, and his two best friends, Costa and JB, want to throw him a birthday party. His parents will be gone for the weekend because it is their anniversary too.

Meanwhile the other two seniors go around spreading the word of Thomas’ party. Then one of them posts it on the Internet, which attracts more people then they expected. At the same time, each has the goal to find a girl who will have sex with him, but one of them gets a love triangle instead.

Even though the actors in this film have a limited amount of experience, the writers and casting directors do not. Michael Bacal, screenwriter of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and 21 Jump Street, and Matt Drake, writer of Tully and The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, provided the humor and small events that happen within the party.

Meanwhile, casting directors Juel Bestrop, known for The Hangover and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and Seth Yanklewitz, who worked on Four Christmases and Blades of Glory, have worked together before.

Their decision of choosing three nobodies made it more real, especially considering that most of the film is in point of view form, where a character is the one filming the movie, like Chronicle and The Blair Witch Project.

Surprisingly, though, the director of the picture, Nima Nourizadeh, has only been an editor for one documentary. Other than that he has no previous experience. How did that happen? Probably by pitching either the story or himself amazingly to the studio.

In addition to the cast and crew, the film is pretty funny and unbelievable. Most of the time I wondered whether this was actually real or not, because the events were too far out there to actually happen. But what do you know; it is kind of a true story, at least based on one with some of the events changed here and there. Either way it was a great party.