Producer Todd Phillips described the film as an experiment, after executive producer Alex Heineman provided a basic concept, with the production team sharing tales of memorable parties that they had either attended or heard about. Writer Michael Bacall developed these stories into an outline scenario in one night with the goal of creating the "gnarliest high school party of all time". The remainder of the story was fleshed out in the following weeks. Bacall and Drake were told to "go crazy" with the script, although Bacall confessed "I was a nerd in high school so I never did anything like what's in the movie". Bacall worked on the script generally at nights between simultaneously working on the scripts for 21 Jump Street and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
It has been widely speculated that the plot was loosely based around an infamous party held by 16-year-old Australian Corey Worthington in 2008, whose party was also an out-of-control event with hundreds of gatecrashers and widespread chaos, although this was never confirmed by any of the writers or producers. Worthington became a viral sensation after being interviewed on A Current Affair to answer for the damage, destruction, and fear caused by the gatecrashers, and rebuffing host Tracy Grimshaw's requests for him to remove his glasses. In the movie, the character of Costa is also interviewed on TV following the fictional party, and has a very similar exchange dressed in similar clothing.
Project X was not intended to be the title of the film, but it was kept to capitalize on interest generated by the rumored secrecy surrounding the project. Adding to the secrecy, producers decided to not send full scripts to any prospective cast member, instead providing only watermarked individual pages.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 28% based on 138 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "Unoriginal, unfunny, and all-around unattractive, Project X mines the depths of the teen movie and found-footage genres for 87 minutes of predictably mean-spirited debauchery." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was a "B" on an A+ to F scale, with young males rating it the highest (A), and males in general rating the film higher (B+) than females (C+).
Criticism against the film focused on the perceived misogynistic and mean-spirited behavior of the characters, and disregard for the effects of drugs. Empire's Chris Hewitt gave the film one star out of five, and referred to the central characters portrayed by Mann, Cooper, and Brown, as "spectacularly unlikable". Hewitt labeled the characters "unrepentant, nihilistic, vile, venal, animalistic, avaricious, charmless, entitled, sub-Kardashian, stunningly irresponsible brats". Hewitt ended his review by stating that the film was "possibly the worst film of the last 20 years. It's certainly the worst comedy of the last 20 years". Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter was similarly critical, calling it "grimly depressing, glumly unfunny teensploitation", but admitted that it would "enthrall a portion of the high school/college age demographic it depicts, just as it alternately outrages, confounds and disgusts other, presumably older audiences." USA Today's Claudia Puig found the film treated female characters poorly, labeling it a "heinous, misogynistic movie filled with faceless crowds and nary a character who resembles an actual human being", a sentiment echoed by Melissa Anderson of The Village Voice who felt the film promoted "skull-numbing hedonism without consequences", and "second-nature misogyny", and that the only purpose of the male characters is to "'get high, fuck bitches.'"
Several reviewers were particularly critical towards Cooper and his character. Hewitt called him "the most annoying movie character since Jar Jar Binks", while others similarly described him as "singularly loathsome, venal and without humor", "supremely annoying", "that dick in a sweater-vest" and a "misogynistic" imitation of Jonah Hill "minus the timing, sad sack appeal and motormouth grace". Conversely, Genzlinger praised Cooper for bringing a "mischievous likability" to Costa that "anchors" the events.
On March 12, 2023 Dax Flame released a concept trailer for Project X 2 featuring Jonathan Daniel Brown on his YouTube channel daxflame. At the end of the trailer he ask his fans to share the video in the hopes of getting Warner Bros. attention so they might pick up the project again.
Self-delusion is the name of the game for the little rascals at the heart of Project X, a movie about teenagers who will destroy lives for a shot at being cool. These guys will refer to a thousand people in one house as a "party" long after the scales tip in favor of a riot; they'll keep ogling underthings as though the substance-addled women in them still possessed any mental clarity. They will throw away futures alongside inhibitions, and remain convinced it's the right thing to do.
The movie is not really a comedy, though; it has its feet firmly planted in the lo-fi luridness of Girls Gone Wild and Backyard Wrestling, where the camera is only a primitive tool for capturing grainy, trashy spectacle. And what a spectacle: Director Nima Nourizadeh and screenwriters Matt Drake and Michael Bacall plumb the depths of hedonism by giving their teenagers free reign in their pursuit of happiness.
But Project X is a nasty, nasty piece of work. From the way the Blurs treat a neighbor who asks for quiet to the fact that the only person who turns down a drink is a possible psychopath, the movie is ugly in both its look and outlook. It aims for the bottom and hits the bull's-eye.
A spring break rave in a Houston mansion that was meant to emulate a movie turned deadly early Wednesday morning after several attendees fired guns, killing one person as police tried to break up the party.
The 2012 movie follows three high school students who throw the ultimate \"anything goes\" party that spirals out of control. While a damaged home and a bad hangover may be the only consequences partygoers faced in the movie, a string of copycat parties have caused over $100,000 in real damage, handfuls of arrests and the Houston fatality.
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But, of course, the movie stumbles a bit like the partiers it follows. The whole handheld camera gimmick, while used successfully for the most part, starts to feel fake once the party gets into full swing. There are almost impossible shots of the party that make it hard to believe there was just one guy filming the whole thing. Of course, other cameras are used, but the jumps are just a bit too much to believe.
The Project X (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack album for the movie. It was released by WaterTower Music on February 28, 2012. It has several artists and tracks released in the past decade. Musical genres range from hip hop to house music. The soundtrack mainly has the thirteen tracks that played in the movie. The soundtrack debuted on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 albums chart at number twenty-three. It peaked at number three on March 15th.
Warner Bros. has added three movies to its 2016 slate, issuing new release dates for The Accountant (January 29, 2016), Arms & the Dudes (March 11, 2016) and Project XX (August 19, 2016), a sequel to the 2012 found footage comedy Project X. The original Project X starred Thomas Mann as a teenager who throws a high school party that gets wildly out of control, and is all captured on video. It isn't known if any of the original cast members, or director Nima Nourizadeh, will be back for the follow-up at this time. Project XX will go up against Focus Features' animated comedy Kubo and the Two Strings on August 19, 2016. 781b155fdc