New on DVD/Blu-ray: Project X (2012)

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To the break of dawn, yo! Ah, a teenager’s fantasies. Date the hottest girl in school, get crowned Prom King, quarterback the school to a State Championship, and of course, throw the craziest, wildest party in the history of crazy, wild parties. Or if you’re the kids of “Project X”, you try to do all of those things in one night. Well, except for the football stuff, anyway. That one’s gonna take longer than a night. Grab some buddies, pull out a six-pack, and let’s wash it all down with a little “Project X” mayhem. The partiest party movie of them all will be available on DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and for Digital Download on June 19, 2012 from Warner Home Video.

Project X is an out-of-control comedy that follows a group of buds who set out to throw the most epic 17th birthday party ever. The film documents a high school party that gets completely out of control, shot from the perspective of the digital cameras that the kids have with them.

“Project X” is the directorial debut of Nima Nourizadeh, who shoots the film in that slightly cinema verite style (though not so much that it would give you a headache just watching it) that the kids love so much these days. The film is the ultimate teenage boy fantasy movie, so if that’s not your thing, you’ll probably just end up sitting there counting the cost of property damage that’s inflicted throughout the film. And really, what’s the fun in that?

Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Daniel Brown star as a trio of high school buddies that decide to exit their high school years in style. Their plan? Throw the biggest party of all time and become legends. Hey, it’s the type of motive only a teenage kid with way too much hormones can possibly think is a good idea. Of course it all works — well, mostly. Everyone shows up, including the hot girls (led by Alexis Knapp, the hottest of the hot girls), the popular kids, and of course, what’s a party without violent midgets and cute dogs? Predictably, the party spins perilously out of hand at record speed, and soon the entire block is ablaze. Hey, what’s a little fire when you’re throwing the biggest party of all time?

The film features a believably young and mostly unknown cast. There are a few standouts, with Cooper as the obnoxious friend making quite the impression. You know this guy. Everyone has a friend like him. Then you grow up, get a job, get married, and then dread seeing him again at the high school reunions. “Project X” works best in its first half when we can see it starting to spin out of hand. The second half is all sound and fury, never letting up on the crudeness or gratuitous flashing of female skin. There are a lot of both, which should delight the film’s target audience.

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“Project X” isn’t going to win any awards, but it is impressive in its ability to try pretty much anything and everything to make you either laugh, cringe, or cheer. The film boasts producing credits by Todd Phillips, director of similarly themed films like “Old School” and the “Hangover” movies. You can almost feel Phillips’ hand in the chaos that ensues in the film, but in many ways, “Project X” feels like a teenager’s version of what he thinks a Todd Phillips movie is. Which is both ironic and amusing. Without a doubt, teenage boys and those still clinging to their teenage boy ways will love the film from beginning to end, but anyone who has crossed over to the “adult” side may find it, well, more than a tad nightmarish. Especially if they have teenage kids.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with two discs, with the film on standard DVD and Blu-ray, along with two versions of the movie, the theatrical cut and an extended version that is exactly 5 minutes longer. I’d like to tell you the extra footage in the extended cut is worth watching the film twice to contrast and compare, but then I’d be lying. The disc offers up three featurettes: “Project X: Declassified” (5 1/2 minutes) is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film; “Project X: Pasadena Three” (5 1/2 minutes) focuses on the film’s three main characters/best friends that are at the center of the movie; “Project Xpensive: Tallying up the Damage” (3 minutes) is exactly what it sounds like — find out how much it costs for some of the film’s more ludicrous stunts. Who knew a dog on a balloon would cost so much?

Buy “Project X” on DVD or Blu-ray June 19, 2012 from Warner Home Video.

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