Project X (1/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 90
Phillips is from the Judd Apatow mold of comedic producers/directors. He
eschews intelligence and wit for crudity and shock value.
In what is
probably the lowest cost film of the year, he gets rookie Nima
Nourizadeh to direct a bunch of unknowns who were cast through a
nationwide talent search, so I won't waste your time naming them. Three
17 year old seniors want to create a reputation among the cool kids in
school so they throw a wild party at the house of Thomas Mann when his
parents leave for the weekend. His father put his trust in Thomas to
take care of the house.
destroyed as Thomas gets thousands of teenagers to party, drink, and rut
in the house, backyard, and swimming pool. There is a plethora of
drinking, drug use, nudity, lots of quick shots of nubile girls'
breasts, and sex. What's lacking is humor and morality.
In fact, the
moral of this tawdry film is that even though Thomas betrayed his
parents' trust, destroys the house, forces his father into bankruptcy,
and turns the neighborhood into anarchy, in the end Phillips' moral is
that this was exactly the right thing to do and Thomas gains his
father's respect. Maybe there are parents in this world who are as
bereft of common sense as Thomas' father, but I hope there aren't many.
I wonder how
many impressionable teens will be encouraged to disrespect their parents' trust
after they see this movie that glorifies idiotic, depraved behavior.
While the staging and cinematography (Ken Seng) are exceptionally good,
this is a despicable movie and Warner Bros. should be ashamed of itself.
It seems intended to appeal to immature teens and young adults to
influence them to think that this sort of behavior is the way to become