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A Teenage Dream, But a Parent’s Nightmare

Samantha Mathewson

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Project X is not only the kind of party teenagers have only been able to dream about, but it has been the dreaded nightmare of many parents.

Teenagers are raving about the new comedy Project X. It was released March 2, and it has already brought in more than 20.7 million dollars  received an overall rating of 6.3. The movie was written by Michael Bacall, and was directed by Nima Nourizadeh.

Project X features three high school seniors, Thomas, Costa, and JB, who are desperate to make a name for themselves. They throw a birthday party that will never be forgotten. Costa is an arrogant senior previously from the Bronx who wanted to show Thomas a good time; so he invited everyone to avoid the possible embarrassment of no one coming. Ironically, as the night went on and word got around, everyone showed up and the party spiraled out of control.

Thomas was played by Thomas Mann, Costa by Oliver Cooper, and JB by Jonathan Daniel Brown. For these three actors, this thriving film might be their big break, or just their chance to be one of the 2000 people to attend the largest party ever.

The movie showed everything possible that a parent could imagine going wrong when they leave their teenager home alone for the first time. The movie incorporated the traditional high school problems of popularity, relationships, and drugs, but stepped out of the box when the host of the party had to handle strangers showing up after the party was posted on Craigslist. By the end of the night, the neighborhood was on fire, Thomas’ dad’s BMW was at the bottom of the pool, a “midget” had been shoved into the oven, and a dog learned how to fly after being tied to a bunch of balloons.

The movie is thought to be based on Australian party icon Corey Delaney, who made international news after throwing a huge party like that of Project X. The movie was a “found footage” movie, and to make it more authentic, the whole movie was shot through the eyes of Costa’s friend who videotaped the whole party. The events were staged to appear as though they were YouTube clips and cell-phone videos.

Unthinkable events occurred and not only did it keep the audience interested while watching the movie, but it gave some teenagers the encouragement they needed to mimic Project X and throw a huge party of their own. Project X Part 2 was held In Miramar, Fla. when one teen vandalized a foreclosed home in attempt to bring the movie’s events to life. Warner Bros. themselves might just keep the party going and follow with a sequel because of the worldwide excitement over the first.

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A Teenage Dream, But a Parent’s Nightmare