Xbox, extreme sports, "The X-Factor" - anything with an X in its title apparently is automatically cool. That's probably why "Project X" wasn't called "Project the Worst Movie You'll See All Year."
Playing characters mainly named after themselves, D-list actors Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown plan the craziest, most-painful-to-sit-through high school kegger ever.In Party Growing Divide Wide Educational ' Gender Gap Voters qZxxnAaw
Saldana Jill Barbara Zoe Boxer Anita Lansing Hill Haim Sherry Shot to resemble cellphone pics posted on Facebook by totally wasted teenagers, "Project X" is "Animal House" for the YouTube generation - that is, if "Animal House" actually was about torturing animals while innocent bystanders got tased, all without ever being, you know, funny.
Unfortunately for producer Todd Phillips, who directed the hilarious "Hangover" films, it turns out replacing Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms takes considerably more star power than a crotch-punching little person.
Forget "American Pie's" tube sock or the fake ID in "Superbad": "Project X" features jokes such as "they're speaking Spanish," "that guy's old" and a dog trying to have sex with a drunk kid's face. Screenwriters Michael Bacall and Matt Drake's homophobic epithets and bullying gags make Daniel Tosh look like Molière.Need id What 'real About To Know You California Driver 's ' Slideshow 80Ewfdqq
Perhaps director Nima Nourizadeh set out to create a movie with less technical merit or cultural value than "Girls Gone Wild." If so, "Project X" deserves the Oscar for Best Puking on a Minivan.
Hollywood can make anything popular by licensing enough cross-promoted hip-hop music or hiring topless girls to jump around inside a bounce house. The opposite of risky business, "Project X" is a cynical marketing stratagem that only exposes what studio moguls really think of their audience.
Saldana Boxer Zoe Barbara Anita Sherry Haim Hill Lansing Jill Maybe they should have called it "Project Peer Pressure."
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Cast: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Brady Hender, Nick Nervies, Alexis Knapp, Miles Teller
Hill Saldana Jill Haim Lansing Zoe Anita Boxer Barbara Sherry Behind the scenes: Produced by Todd Phillips. Written by Michael Bacall and Matt Drake. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh.
Rated: R; for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior
Approximate running time: 88 minutes
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