Have you ever come across one of those movies that clearly doesn't look like's your cup of tea but it has that train-wreck appeal to it that has you compelled to watch it? Okay...maybe it's just me that is odd that way. That was certainly the case with this flick. The thing I failed to realize...again...is nothing good can ever come from a train-wreck.
The extremely thin plot is teenager Thomas (Thomas Mann) is about to celebrate his birthday. He's never been popular at school but does have is own clique of a few close friends. These friends, led by the over-ambitious Costa (Oliver Cooper), come up with the brilliant idea to throw a party at Thomas's house since his parents will conveniently be gone out of town. They hope to also boost Thomas's popularity in the process. One thing leads to another and before you know it the party is so out of hand that nearly an entire neighborhood is destroyed.
I think one of the reasons I wanted to see this because I was subconsciously thinking of "Weird Science". I still think that's what thinly inspired the idea for this one. The difference being in that movie when Lisa (Kelly LeBrock) planned and executed the party for Gary (Anthony Michael Hall) and Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) she was able to clean up everything as it never happened. So they were able to live out their dream without any real consequences. Not so much the case here since it was supposed to be a little more realistic. VERY little.
Ever since I saw the trailer for this one I wondered how it would be possible for a house party to even get to the point where this one did. Maybe...MAYBE...back in the day when cops were a little more lenient. Not anymore. Would they really get called out for a disturbance and do a half-assed job investigating it before leaving the scene? Not so much. But even worse than that...how possible is it to have an entire backyard of drunk teenagers to be entirely quiet while the police are there so they don't get busted? Not possible at all.
Of course there was also the predictable storyline about the one girl-friend who Thomas is cool with but doesn't realize she's girlfriend material until it's too late. I suppose that could happen, but would it really have taken him THAT long to realize what he was missing out out? He's a teenage boy. A heterosexual teenage boy. No way it took him years to realize how attractive she really was AND that he wanted her as more than a friend. Times may have changed since my high school years but they haven't changed THAT much.
Don't even get me started on the most obvious aspect about this movie that had me turned off early on. The title. Is that really the best they could come up with? Naming it after a Matthew Broderick film from the 80s that many of still hold near and dear? Of course Hollywood could because the kid of today are too aren't diverse enough to even know that the first film ever existed. All they see is a movie about the best party ever which, of course, some of the stupid ones will then try to emulate.
I had put off watching "Project X" for the longest time times since I knew it would be exactly what I expected. I'm not naive to realize that sometimes I can be wrong. I just wish doing so wouldn't waste my time in the process. I have no one to blame but myself though. This was clearly not aimed at my demographic that sees it as nothing more than a propaganda film to fuel kids' stupidity fires. I swear sometimes I really weep for our youth.
My rating: D -