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Finally a refreshing twist to the sterotypical teen comedy

SHOCKED JOCKEYS: (l-r) JB, Thomas and Costa survey the carnage left from their birthday party codenamed Project X.

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SHOCKED JOCKEYS: (l-r) JB, Thomas and Costa survey the carnage left from their birthday party codenamed Project X.

GENRE: Teen comedy

THE PITCH: Its Superbad meets Risky Business with bro-mantic comedy musings of The Hangover. High school social outcasts Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) concoct a plan to throw the ultimate birthday party and gain some popularity for the third in their group, Thomas (Thomas Mann) while his parents are out of town. It seems like a good idea until the word gets out and the party spirals out of control.

MONEY SHOT: The party ramps up and the neighbors are starting to get a little restless. Thomas' neighbor Rob (Rob Ever) has already politely suggested they shut it down, but his second visit is a little more aggressive. The party's pint-sized security guards Everett (Brady Hender) and Tyler (Nick Nervies) tried to diffuse the situation but after making threats to call the police again, Everett decides he needs to handle this, so he tasers him.

BEST LINE: The cops arrive and Thomas tries to insure them that nothing is going on. Failing miserably, Costa steps up and joins the conversation and tells them without a search warrant there's no way they can enter the house without probable cause. A little irritated, the cop asks him his age to which Costa replies, "I'm 18 1/2 years old, but in my culture I've been a man since 13."

PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED: But who thought they needed it. Thomas' parents commemorate their anniversary by going away for the weekend, leaving Thomas alone to celebrate his birthday with his geeky friends. Mom is worried, but dad doesn't fret by assuring nothing will go wrong because, "He's a sweet kid, but he's a loser."

SKIN FACTOR: There is a lot of breast shots, mostly in the pool. After all, there's a "No Clothes Allowed - Pretty Girls Only" sign staked poolside. The girl of his dream, Alexis (Alexis Knapp) decides to give Thomas a birthday present up in his room. It doesn't take long Thomas is shirtless, but We get a good glimpse at Alexis' goods when she unsnaps her bra and the camera gives shows off her, ahem - assets.

NUMBER OF PASSED OUT KIDS: I counted five, but could have been more amongst the crowd.

NUMBER OF "OH SHIT" PARTY MOMENTS:Overall look for eight incidents that happen during the party that go well beyond "Are you kidding me?" To mention them would be spoilers, but I can say there's a car, a dog, a moon bounce, a skateboard, a midget and a flamethrower involved.

BOTTOM LINE: Although this film is heavily marketed as a Todd Phillips project, credit really should go to music video wunderkind Nima Nourizadeh and the cast of unknowns that make Project X such a likable film. The faces are fresh and believable as a group of social misfits desperate to find a way to fit in. You can tell you're in for a wild ride once the party gets underway and the momentum kicks into overdrive. There's juicy bits of party pranks and ostentatious fare that builds one atop the other as each incident gets crazier and spirals into the realm of pure insanity. And just when you think it can't get any higher, the inevitable, jaw-dropping coup de grace occurs and sells the only real concept the movie has - this was one Hell of a party. Mindless and oddly rich in buddy bonding moments, Project X is worth seeing.

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Project X
Rated NR · 108 min. · 2011
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Writer: Lawrence Lasker and Stanley Weiser
Producer: Lawrence Lasker
Cast: Willie, Okko, Karanja, Luke, Harry, Arthur, Clafu, Lucy, Lulu and Mousie
Project X
Rated R · 88 min. · 2012
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Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Writer: Matt Drake
Cast: Jonathan Daniel Brown, Miles Teller, Alexis Knapp, Thomas Mann, Martin Klebba, Eddie Hassell, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Sam Lant and Nichole O'Connor


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