I haven’t written in a while, I admit the blog is probably a little stale, as is my writing. Alas, it’s summer now and I have a little free time before I head off to the big university, so I better free write while I have time, eh?
I recently watched Project X. Ya know, the movie about the kids with the HUGE party that gets out of control? It seemed like a fun movie for movie night, so my younger sister and I curled up to watch it. Unfortunately, the movie brought some things up that didn’t sit well with me. Also, in general, the film was made by the people who did The Hangover, which was blatantly obvious. (Spoilers ahead).
The movie starts with three nerdy kids in high school: Thomas, Costa, and JB. Thomas is turning 17-years-old and his suave sidekick, Costa, decides that when Thomas’ parents leave, they will throw a party. The parents leave, the guys go to school, and Costa gets the word around via text and word-of-mouth. They decide they want weed for the night, so they visit a drug dealer’s home where they do a deal and get high with the guy before they leave. Unfortunately, they steal a gnome in the meantime. The party was scheduled to begin at 8pm, so the boys get nervous when no one arrives until 9:30. As the party progresses, things start to spin out of control. There are hundreds of people, a neighbor gets tazed, the gnome is busted open to reveal a huge stash of ecstasy which the kids go crazy for. Everyone at the party, including the love-able and relatable main character, does X. Eventually, the party turns into a riot, the drug dealer comes back and lights the kid’s house on fire, the neighbor’s houses, Thomas’ dad’s car is in the pool, etc. When the parents get back home, the father wants to know the details of the party and doesn’t really get any punishment.
I understand the idea that it was a party movie, and I respect that aspect for viewers that are mentally capable of making their own decisions. Unfortunately, making a character look meek and relatable to many high school students makes taking ecstasy look extremely okay. Not only did Thomas have absolutely no visible side effects, he made it look fun. At the end of the movie, all I could hear was my sister and all her friends saying “YOLO.” It’s funny, but it’s also scary. It’s scary to think that since weed is becoming noncriminal, kids might start going to drugs like ecstasy. The undertone and mind frame of the kids during the movie is just…frightening. I’m only 20, and I’d hate to start sounding like an angry elderly woman, but c’mon. Watch the movie. It’s one thing to watch three adults make poor, drunken decisions, it’s another to sit back and enjoy watching three children seriously fuck shit up while on ecstasy, alcohol, and weed.
Poor movie, poor taste, I hope generations don’t deteriorate further than they already have.