Go hard or go home
PROJECT X ( MA15+) ★★★■
Director: Nima Nourizadeh ( feature debut) Stars: Jonathan Daniel Brown, Miles Teller, Alexis Knapp, Thomas Mann, Martin Klebba, Eddie Hassell
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Gross FOR a majority of unreconstructed young males between the ages of 14 and 24, all that matters in life are boobies and big nights out.
This not- so- select band of gentlemen will find the spectacularly over- the- top, under- theweather comedy of Project X to be just about the greatest thing that will ever grace the big screen. Their elders should not sniff too disdainfully. They were the ones who made the likes of National Lampoon’s Animal House, Porky’s and American Pie, such massive hits in the past.
All you need to know of the plot is that three loser- ish high school guys have planned a party in the hope of securing a coolness upgrade from their peers.
This doesn’t really make Project X sound all that promising, right? And the first half- hour is not about to change any minds.
Then comes the turnaround. The party starts. And it quickly careens hopelessly out of control.
But, somewhat remarkably, the longer this gargantuan gathering of the tribes goes on, the better Project X gets.
First- time director Nima Nourizadeh sets about firing the random key elements of the party – two DJS, one dog attached to a set of helium balloons, a garden gnome full of stolen ecstasy tablets and a luxury car at the bottom of a swimming pool – towards a comic crescendo that truly impresses.
Nourizadeh also cranks some mad technical skills that super- charge Project X at just the right times.
The entire movie is a rough ’ n’ ready edit of footage gathered from a wide array of handheld cameras and mobile devices, many of which are operated by the actors and extras.
I am not kidding when I inform you that the final quarter- hour sequence is as forcefully funny as anything that happened in the The Hangover, part one.
Now showing Village Cinemas