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Project X



All-night-party movie has rampant teen sex, drinking, more.
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  • Review Date: February 27, 2012
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive 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.)

Positive role models

Teens disregard their parents' wishes and cause thousands of dollars' worth of destruction for a party.


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.


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.


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.

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Drinking, drugs, & 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.

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.

What's the story?

Thomas (Thomas Mann) is a quiet, shy high school senior living in Pasadena. His parents go out of town for the weekend, leaving him on his own for his birthday. His loudmouth pal, Costa (Oliver J. Cooper), who once lived in Queens, New York, arranges a party to help Thomas out of his shell and meet some girls. Their friend JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown), a bespectacled nerd whose exterior belies a suave party animal, helps. Thomas hopes for a small gathering and to keep revelers in the backyard and out of the house, but Costa theorizes that the bigger the party, the more it counts, and before long, thousands of people show up, and the night spins wildly out of control.

Is it any good?


This party truly is out of control -- and, frankly, shockingly funny at times. The all-night-party subgenre has been around for ages, including everything from American Graffiti and Sixteen Candles to Superbad. Though the parties seem to get crazier over the years, these movies almost always focus on young characters learning a lesson or coming of age. Not so in PROJECT X. Here, character is set aside to make room for a much more insane, out-of-control party experience, in which -- no matter how much damage is incurred or how much it costs -- it was worth it.

As the movie goes on and the party rages harder, the images become more and more primal, like half-glimpsed snippets of a nightmare experienced through a drunken fog. Project X takes the perspective that a great party is one in which we can turn off our brains and let our bodies go wild. But that doesn't change the fact that it's too intense for teens, and too disturbing for parents.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 2, 2012
DVD release date:June 19, 2012
Cast:Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver J. Cooper, Thomas Mann
Director:Nima Nourizadeh
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem - all involving teens

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Adult Written bykrystal08 March 19, 2012

A great way to promote sex and sluts in all types of ways!

This is what they spend money on these days? Wow. Sad...and it will only get worse.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byNukeNerd June 30, 2012

Calm down pople,please

Alright,it may have drinking,and a bit of too much sexual refrences,but what I think is that this movie is based of 13 between 14 or older. PARENT SHOULD CHECK YOUR CHILDS MATURATY AT AGES 13 OR 14 AND GO WITH AN ADULT,15 OR OLER CAN GO WITH FRIENDS
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 14 year old Written bytortimom March 5, 2012

Teen Fun Plus Adults Behaving Badly

The trailer made the movie look like a romp - a day in the life of a typical teen and the huge party they all aspire to go to some day. I went with my 14 year old son (who dug it), and the sex and language didn't bother me because these things are going to happen and there isn't much any parent can do about it other than make sure their kids are safe about sex. However, the writers got greedy and stupid when they added gratuitous violence like adults crashing the party and acting extremely immaturely and irresponsibly by hurting kids, or not calling the police soon enough or often enough for a party completely out of control. But the part that bothered me most was how the story line took a horrific turn at the end. It was like they wore out the main plot line of sex, drugs, and rock and roll and so they tossed in an apocalyptic element by having a crazy adult set fire to the neighborhood. That was just over the top violence that ruined the movie for me.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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