not for kids
All-night-party movie has rampant teen sex, drinking, more.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Project X -- a very raunchy comedy about three high school seniors who throw a huge party that spins wildly out of control -- is packed with constant strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), topless teens, sexual situations, graphic sexual innuendo, and excessive teen drinking and drug use (Ecstasy and pot). Punches are thrown, and though there's no actual fighting, the party has an increasing air of danger and violence (a flamethrower appears in the final act). The movie is funny in a shocking way, but parents will be appalled at its message: that a shy teen "needs" a huge party to break out of his shell and become a social success, regardless of the fact that the cost is thousands of dollars in damage.
- Families can talk about the teen drinking in Project X. What are the real-life consequences of alcohol and drug use? How does that compare to the consequences typically shown in movies?
- How does the movie portray teen sex? Is there pressure for kids to have sex at this age? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- What lessons do the characters learn after their party? Do any of them justify the path it took to get there?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie's central theme seems to be that the shy main character "needed" a party to help him out of his shell -- and that the rampant destruction of property and thousands of dollars in repairs were worth it. (In the epilogue, the father, though upset, even seems proud of his son.)
Role models: Teens disregard their parents' wishes and cause thousands of dollars' worth of destruction for a party.
What to watch for
Violence: Most of the violence consists of quick, drunken outbursts at the party. Some punches are thrown, and there's a shoving match, but very little actual fighting. A little person punches several partygoers in the groin. A Taser is used. A bully shows up in a couple of scenes, but nothing much happens with him. A flamethrower is used, and the user eventually catches on fire himself.
Sex: Many teen girls go topless in the swimming pool. One girl flirts heavily with the birthday boy, kissing and licking his neck. They begin to undress for sex (their tops are removed) and climb onto a bed, but they're interrupted. The main character kisses two women. Minor characters are seen sporadically making out or engaging in foreplay. Also heavy, graphic sexual innuendo.
Language: Constant, no-holds-barred swearing, including hundreds of uses of "f--k" and "s--t" (in every permutation), as well as "d--k," "c--k," "p---y," "t-ts," "faggot," "goddamn," "bitch," "penis," "vagina," "balls," "ass," "ho," "a--hole," "damn," "hell," "oh my God," and the "N" word, as well as heavy sexual innuendo.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens drink alcohol of all types excessively throughout the movie. Ecstasy is passed out at the party, and most teens take some. The three main characters buy and smoke pot.
Fan Reviews provided by
loved it! by shomas1313
best party movie ever. the guy sitting next to me did not sit back in his chair at all after the first 15 minutes, it was just so crazy. one of those if only i was there kind of movie!!!
project X by toxic-snipe
Keep in mind I'm a 56 year old woman. Mother of a 15 year old girl, who was dying to see it. So i went to see it with her. It was really funny. Totally inappropriate but hilarious. I felt the pain when the house went up. I was terrific.
Epic Party Movie!! by Spdfrk1
Just saw midnight show last night. Was soldout got some of last tickets. So good and hilarious! A+ Great comedy situations and characters. Loved the roof scene complete with helicopters worth a watch just for that! Absolute must see if you are over 18 even the Craigslist dads like in the movie!!
Pure Teen Flick... by JoseG
KRAAAAAAZY energy, funny moments...yet the movie will appeal far more to teens than anyone else. I expected this to be wittier - too much toilet humor. I would wait for DVD...
Project X by jeriicarenee
This movie was just awesome!!!! i was laughing from the first scene to the last!! and as well as when i went home and talked about it with friends. it was perfect im going to see it again
THIS MOVIE WAS INSANE by Fandangggggg CRITIC
The movie was off the hook. This movie had the craziest scenes with anarchy raving all over the neighbor. I do not want to explain what happens, but it definetely worth the watch.
Great film by frawgster
Having read mixed reviews, I was leery about watching this. I'm glad I did, though. The movie is great, mindless, pointless, insane, fun. Nothing more, nothing less. Those people going into this movie hoping to find a solid plot, great acting, a great script, or some meaningful story, lesson, or finale...look elsewhere. This movie is, quite simply, fun. It's hilarious from start to finish, and pointless from start to finish. But that's the point...it's a movie about an insane high school party. It's supposed to be pointless. It's supposed to be vulgar. It's supposed to be over the top.
Those of you looking for countless, simple laugh out loud moments, coupled with one of the best soundtracks I've heard in a while, go. Those of you looking for substance, skip this one and move on to the next
Awsome movie by Keenstar500
U have to see this movie it was soooo krazy n fun I wish i were there..juss watchin it u get drunk n a hangover it was sooo epic if u dont see it ur a lame....go see it u wont regret it its really good..forget wat critics say they suck.
Ultimate Party Movie by rev_mumbles
This movie shows what the most insane high school party that most of us would have loved to have gone to just to say that we did. It is not for the faint of stomach as it is all handheld "documentary" style. The sound track is great, and overall it was fun to watch. Also be warned there is a ton of nudity.
A celebration of debauchery without any charm by movieboy23
I went to see Project X for the same people that many others saw it - it was raunchy, over-the-top, and a celebration of youthful debauchery. And while I never expected there to be any real story behind the movie, I was turned off by the extent to which none of the characters involved are reprimanded or forced to face the consequences for what they've done. Obviously the goal of this film was to see how large a suburban house party could become before it went out of control, but the lack of charm and the absence of real world consequences ultimately made the film a thumbs down.
As a side note, if I were a parent, I would be terrified by the possibility that my kid might try to throw an event similar to the one depicted in the film. Parents should certainly be forewarned about this film, including the presence of alcohol and drug use, many scenes of topless nudity and lack of accountability.