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The party you wish you'd been to,
This review is from: Project X [DVD + UV Copy]  (DVD)
Project X is the story of high-school wannabes Thomas (Thomas Mann - It's Kind of a Funny Story) & Costa (Oliver Cooper). Thomas' parents are going away for the weekend and Costa has decided that Thomas' house is now party-central, so much so he has hired AV-club-geek Dax (the point-of-view cameraman) to document the entire evenings proceedings. Thomas, initially sceptical; bows to Costa incessant pressure and agrees to keep the party in the backyard with no-one allowed in the house. But as word gets around school, the community and the entire town, people keep showing up at the house and the party grows exponentially, one thing is for sure; it's a sure-fire hit of a party. But will there be anything left of the house, let alone the neighbourhood after this party is done?
Project X; a cover name for the shooting of the film, stuck and here we are, with a classic "parents go away leaving teen unsupervised" but this is not your usual party; there are multiple references to drugs, evidently under-age drinking and pool diving off the house, so it's a little less wholesome than the film where the kids clean up really quick before the parents get back. Thomas Mann performance is genuinely likeable, if a little anaemic and Cooper is basically a Jonah-Hill clone, wearing the same style of sweater vest and with the same obnoxious manner, but minus the comedic timing. Resultantly he can grate a little, with his perennial "Dude, it's a party" attitude. As the evening continues and the situation gets worse and worse for Thomas, we see him realise that there is no coming back from this and learn to just enjoy the ride. Hardly a moral, but it makes for one fantastically well-shot cinematic experience.
Extra Content: The Blu Ray has the extended cut and comes with a digital copy of the film.
Whilst critics might argue it promotes under-age drinking and the like, glamorising destruction of property etc. I thought this was an excellent film with a great soundtrack and great performances from a lot of the first-timers (mostly) cast. Not the smartest movie out there by a long shot, but by the end, I genuinely wanted to have attended Project X, recommended!!