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Movie review: Project X (+trailer)

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Old School and The Hangover director Todd Phillips produces this pseudo-enigmatic film that attempts to spin the 'party montage' sections of his earlier films into an entire movie.

Adopting the increasingly ubiquitous 'found footage' mode, the film follows three high school losers' plans to become cool by throwing an epic party, which they pay a fellow student to chronicle on video.

For a film so shrouded in secrecy at its inception, Project X is an incredibly derivative piece of work.

The plot is so threadbare it hardly exists, and the characters are all pastiches from better movies.

The only unique selling point appears to be unknown cast and consequence-free teenage drug use.

The R18 rating ensures anyone likely to respond positively to this film won't be able to see it.

Starring: Thomas Mann; Oliver Cooper; Jonathan Daniel Brown
Directed by: Nima Nourizadeh
Rating: R18
Running time: 88 mins
Release date: Out now
Star rating: Two out of five.

- Herald on Sunday

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