‘Project X’ Review: wait for DVD

‘Project X’ opened March 2 and brought in $21,051,363 during its first weekend.

I will admit I was not excited about seeing “Project X.” I assumed it was like “Superbad,” as stated by the previews, only turned into a home video version.

The film follows the events of Thomas, Costa and J.B., seniors in high school wanting to gain popularity by throwing Thomas a huge 17th birthday party. Costa hires Dax, a “gothic AV nerd” to follow them around and shoot a video for them to remember the evening.

The main goal for the three guys is to hook up with hot girls (obviously) and make the party “big.” After Thomas’s parents leave for the weekend, Costa begins sending mass texts to the students inviting them for a night of debauchery.

The film itself has a pretty simple formula. The events progress slowly in the beginning, where the most trouble to be had was making a drug dealer angry, causing him to dead sprint into the car, cracking the windshield. However, once the partygoers arrive in hordes, the film picks up.

Because Thomas was given absurdly strict rules by his parents (I felt bad for the guy, seriously. His parents were more concerned about him not ruining their house than him actually having a decent birthday), he orders that the party stay only in the backyard where the pool and DJ are located. This doesn’t last long, as people start getting drunker and begin migrating for bathrooms and bedrooms.

While the events of insanity (such as tying a dog to a bunch of balloons, a “surprise” garden gnome situation and a neighbor punching a kid) progress at a steady pace, the dialogue is what kept me intrigued throughout the movie. Some of the best moments in the film are just the spoken lines themselves, out-ranking the mass hysteria that finally turns the party into a riot.

The riot eventually attracts the attention of the police. The party no longer becomes fun, as people run from riot police, helicopters and a crazy man with a flamethrower. The attention attracts reporters and news professionals, which blows any attempt for hiding the chaos from Thomas’ parents.

Thomas’ parents return to a destroyed home and neighborhood, but the party was successful in making him and his friends popular.

This movie does its job well; it entertains. It is a legitimately funny movie that has no lulls in action. It doesn’t have a high re-watch value because the plot is simple with no real twists. This movie is worth seeing, but I would personally wait for it to show up in a Redbox or Netflix.