“Dog Gets Laid…Twice.’

“A brutal, unapologetic comedy about the fantasy every high school kid carries around in his head about being popular and cool and beloved, Project X is an astounding, superlative movie about adolescence,” declares Miami Herald critic Rene Rodriguez.

“This is a cinematic mix tape of every conceivable teen-film staple — Rebel Without a Cause, Over the Edge, Porky’s, John Hughes‘ entire body of work — cranked up to deafening volume and given a modern spit-polish. There isn’t a single thing in Project X that isn’t derivative or borrowed. You’ve just never seen it done quite like this before.

“Every generation grows up smarter and more aware than the previous one, and many teens today have lost their innocence long before they’ve even hit puberty. Project X is a comedy about kids weaned on the Internet and video games and cable: They know too many things they probably shouldn’t know, but they can still tell right from wrong. The characters do bad, bad things, but they’re not rotten: They’re just driven by the impulsive nature and sense of indestructibility that belongs to the young, and the movie is a wish-fulfillment fantasy about adolescents giving in to every one of their impulses, consequences be damned.

“Producer Todd Phillips, who has pushed the envelope of taste and propriety throughout his career (he made Old School, The Hangover and the infamous documentary Frat House), also has a taste for the absurd, and he knows the value of a good visual gag.

Project X has a running bit of business involving [a] Yorkshire Terrier, who suffers a series of indignities as the house party begins to spiral out of control (before the first keg has run dry, the animal has already been tied to balloons and sent floating into the air). But the movie, beneath its raunchy veneer, is so noble and good-hearted that even the dog gets laid before the night is out. Twice.”

  • Glenn Kenny

    “Every generation grows up smarter and more aware than the previous one.”

    Wonder exactly how RR defines “smarter.”

  • drbob

    I just wish the whole found footage genre would end already. It’s played.

  • Movie Watcher

    It will be big and imitation parties will break out across the country.

  • lbeale

    This is another sign of the end of civilization as we know it.

  • Gabe@ThePlaylist

    “The characters do bad, bad things, but they’re not rotten: They’re just driven by the impulsive nature and sense of indestructibility that belongs to the young, and the movie is a wish-fulfillment fantasy about adolescents giving in to every one of their impulses, consequences be damned.”

    So… the apology for pretty much EVERY movie made about teens in the last fifteen years. Except, yeah, they usually are rotten douchebags. “Kids will be kids” is the sort of sentiment paraded around by total fucking assholes.

  • nemo

    “I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for they are reckless beyond words. When I was young, we were taught to be discreet, respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient.” – Hesiod, around 700 BC.

    “The youth of today love luxury; they have bad manners and contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Youth are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up food at the table, and tyrannize their teachers.” – Socrates, around 400 BC.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, and every generation thinks they’re smarter and more sophisticated and less innocent than any generation that went before them. It ain’t true. They’re just young dumb shits, just like their parents and grandparents were before them.

  • DukeSavoy

    The found footage thing is here to stay. At least in cases where phone-wielding teenage verisimilitude is considered necessary.

  • AlexG

    I want to know what this critic was smoking. I’ve seen the film and it’s abysmal. Unfunny and inept in every aspect with some of the most annoying characters I’ve seen in a film in some time. Unlike Superbad which is not only genuinely funny with with characters you care about. Project X is a disaster from beginning to end. The critic must must a 17 year old virgin jacking off to his father’s old Playboy magazines under the covers

  • Jesse Crall

    I’m with Gabe here. This movie just looks like a bunch of douchbags who can’t handle their booze.

    Back in the 80’s the great writer Bill Bryson drove around America, hitting random spots and writing about whatever beauty, absurdity, and waste he found. He stopped off in Iowa City where his friend was a professor and they hit a college bar, noticing all the kids getting loaded and vomitting. Bryson asked “Were we ever that stupid?” And his friend said “Yeah, but we were never that shallow.”

    I’ve noticed from my generation, and I’m indicting myself here, is that we probably are more aware of sexual things, political weasel words, the prevailing pop culture trends, etc…But we’re definitely shallower than our parents’ generation, at least in terms of people with decent backgrounds and educations. I mean, is this movie being treated as some epic exemplar of how teens act nowadays? It’s not exactly inaccurate, but it’s still depressing as fuck. I hope these assholes get their asses handed to them via a major beatdown or jail time for being little pricks…Now if you’ll excuse me, I need my dietary fiber and a nap.

  • JLC

    I never cared much for the “teen sex comedy” genre, even when I was squarely in the crosshairs of the demo. I always preferred the “screw authority” stuff like Animal House. This looks like it falls in the former category.

    I imagine we might see some copycats, although it remains to be seen if there is a sufficient supply of little people to pop out of ovens.

  • Jesse Crall

    @AlexG: Yeah, Superbad was great because it was raunchy AND funny AND realistic AND smart AND sweet, all at once. That movie was what being 17 was like at the time and probably deserved at least a screenplay nom.

  • raygo

    Because I hate The Hangover, I guess there’s no need to see the juvenile version? Kids looks like assholes. Dialog sounds like Diablo Cody channeling Seth Rogen.

  • Kakihara

    So Project X is basically a feel-good Larry Clark movie?

  • Raising_Kaned

    Yes, that’s exactly what it is, D.Z.

    This looks alright, but I really feel like Wells missed the boat by not having a discussion thread on the film Chronicle, which is actually a pretty damn thought-provoking exploration of youth that just happens to riff on both of the really faddy genres nowadays — superheroes and found-footage.

  • scooterzz

    it is seriously the most consistently irresponsible movie i’ve seen in a long time…which might get a pass if it were funny but it is not….and, btw, one of the guys who wrote this also wrote the new ’21 jump street’ so, yeah, he might just be the new larry clark….

  • Gaydos

    Is it too early to say…

    “Come back, ‘THE ARTIST,’ come back! All is forgiven!!!!”

  • Gridlock

    I’ll give it credit for being derivative of FOOTBALL IN THE GROIN, at least.

    But I suspect I just watched the entire film in 3m 12secs, so won’t bother seeing the theatrical.

  • Terry McCarty

    Imagining Kenneth Turan getting the assignment to see this and writhing/screaming in the projection room a la George C. Scott in HARDCORE.

  • otto

    We’re in an age where the hyperbole of anticipation folds over the event.

  • Captain EO

    I second the Chronicle thread idea – good flick, especially for a native Washingtonian like me who identified with the alienated kid…

  • Rachel Anderson

    The video is so hilarious. Good job on this and keep up the good work. It made me laugh. – Markus Lattner

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