The teenage years are tough. It’s easy to argue otherwise and elders tend to. Teenagers are free from the chains of a career and the burdens of a mortgage. Furthermore, their responsibilities are limited and their summers free. However, there are two words, both beginning with “H,” which nil and void these seemingly profound points: “hormones” and “high-school.”

Unless they were your glory days, high-school was a horror story or at least tales from the crypt. By placing hundreds to thousands of chemically imbalanced kids in a four year competition to be cool you’ll lose a few to foolishness. Hell, you’ll lose several to the insanity such a lengthy quest inspires! Todd Phillips latest production, “Project X,” is about all of the above and more.

Said project concerns the ambitions of three sexually deprived seniors and their plan to correct their social status over night. With Thomas’s parents out of town, friends Costa & JB hope to throw him a birthday party that will define “epic.” After an onslaught of invites, after Costa robs a war vet for some high-grade, the party’s on as long as it’s relegated to the backyard. Like most cautionary tags placed before youth it’s torn asunder and thrown aside, pissed on and lit on fire. Yes, the party is epic, but at a cost one has to see to believe. So without spoiling the surprise the movie has in store let’s discuss the insight it offers instead.

As previously mentioned high-school is horrible. Outside of its fiery inferno the only other place that popularity burns as bright, (or at least is as important,) is politics. A circle of snakes; a culture of mud-slinging; a city blanketed by lies. High-school? The House of Representatives? Either or really. Both are home to fools who think the world revolves around them.

Sometimes we all feel that way, as though centrifugal force obeys our emotional state. We can be high like Thomas atop his house telling the world to go fuck itself, but the elation of the moment is only temporary. Downward spirals are bound to follow, but the planet is not at fault… we are. Only terrible teachers tell us life is fair. Only kids believe them. Yet, as we grow older and our bodies settle we see beyond bad advice, and everything we worried about in high-school. You know who your friends are before the party begins, and the woman that loves you does so not for status but for truth. The mistakes made along the way in finding these facts should be laughed at, and Project X is full of such.

It’s a movie worth seeing for those interested in some R rated hilarity, but as you can tell this is not a review it’s insight from my life at the movies.


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