Project X (R)

Comedy 88 March 2, 2012
By Melissa Anderson
"There's a midget in the oven!" is about as inspired as the dialogue and set pieces get in this queasy-making entertainment about a 17-year-old dude's birthday bacchanalia. Produced by The Hangover's Todd Phillips, Project X repackages that franchise's skull-numbing hedonism without consequences and second-nature misogyny for the SAT-taking set, while reassuring young men that there's no more ennobling purpose than to "get high, fuck bitches." His parents out of town for the weekend, Thomas (Thomas Mann), a meek, overlooked senior at his Pasadena high school, tries to improve his popularity by hosting a blowout—an event aggressively publicized by his Queens-transplant friend Costa (Oliver Cooper, strongly resembling a junior Brett Ratner and accurately described by one partygoer as "that dick in a sweater-vest"). While the rager—presented as the spliced "documentary" footage of a friend with a camera and hundreds of mobile devices—spirals into chaos (a car at the bottom of the pool, gobbled-up ecstasy), plenty of teenage titties are bared, a helpful reminder to adolescent girls that they can grow up to be actresses in Hollywood comedies. When an avenging pot dealer shows up with a flamethrower, the wish is only for these little fuckers to be set ablaze.
Nima Nourizadeh Jonathan Daniel Brown, Miles Teller, Alexis Knapp, Thomas Mann, Martin Klebba, Eddie Hassell, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sam Lant, Nichole O'Connor Matt Drake Warner Bros. Pictures

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