Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says not for kids
All-night-party movie has rampant teen sex, drinking, more.
What 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.
- 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?
The good stuff
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.
What to watch for
Violence: 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.
Sexy stuff: 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.
Language: 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.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and 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.