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'''''Film/ProjectX''''' is a 2012 {{found footage film|s}} produced by Todd Phillips (of ''Film/TheHangover'' fame) and Joel Silver. It is about three teenage boys, Thomas, Costa and J.B., who decide to celebrate the former's 17th birthday with [[WildTeenParty the most epic party]] in the school's history, after promising Thomas' parents that nothing crazy would happen to their house while they were gone for the weekend. Unfortunately for them, as the partygoers pour in, the situation quickly gets out of their control.

The filmmakers made a point of keeping many of the film's details secret so as to increase the mystery and hype surrounding it, seeking out unknown actors and using what was originally meant as a [[WorkingTitle placeholder]] title as the film's actual name. It has mostly gotten negative reviews from critics, though it turned out to be very profitable.

Not to be confused with [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093793/ the 1987 movie]] of the same name, which was about Creator/MatthewBroderick and a bunch of chimpanzees in the Air Force.

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!!Tropes:

* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Whilst its not an action film, there are three minor examples of this:
** After Thomas gets caught with [[spoiler:Alexis, Kirby runs off upset. After failing to win her back around, Thomas then looks at the scale of the party and how wrecked his house is getting, before throwing out two guests from his dad's office, and sitting quietly with worry and trying to confide in Dax]]. This leads to his DespairEventHorizon shortly after (see below).
** In-universe example: [[spoiler: the group escape to their school's football pitch after the neighbourhood gets burnt down. Thomas tells the others that he wants to sit alone for a little bit and think about what he's going to do on his return home]].
* AesopAmnesia: Costa promises his next party is going to be even bigger.
* TheAllegedCar: The minivan at the end of the film, which is missing two doors and has had most of its paint scorched off. Thomas' parents force him to drive it to school as punishment, though his friends think it looks {{badass}}.
* BasedOnATrueStory: More specifically, based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qm61svN4U5g this guy.]] Compare the ending of the film to that video, particularly the way that Costa is dressed. The opening of the film also claims that the events of the film actually happened in Pasadena, though the film itself is a work of fiction.
* BettyAndVeronica: Straight, with blonde Kirby as one of the gang, and popular girl brunette Alexis.
* BigManOnCampus: Thomas becomes this at the end.
* BittersweetEnding: Thomas becomes the most popular kid in school, and he manages to reconcile with Kirby, but his home is destroyed, his parents have had to use his college fund to pay for the damage, he'll probably be in debt into his adult years to fix it all and he's been indicted on several charges.
* ButtMonkey: J.B.'s sole purpose in the film seems to be simply being there to be on the receiving end of fat jokes from Costa.
** Dax to an extent; he gets mocked by Costa everytime he says something (which is very little), punched by the midget despite not doing anything wrong, and Miles coldly tells him and J.B. that he doesn't like being filmed, which makes him quickly walk away.
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhovs Gnome]]: Remember the lawn gnome statue that the main characters stole from T-Rick? [[spoiler:It was full of ecstasy. [[OhCrap And]] [[ChekhovsGunman T-Rick]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge wants it]] [[KillItWithFire back]].]]
* ClusterFBomb: To be precise, the 'F' word is used roughly ''175 times'' in about ''80 minutes''. Then again, it is a movie about teens partying without any sort of boundaries whatsoever.
* TheCorrupter: Costa really is a horrible influence on Thomas and the rest of the group by extension. The stuff he tempts Thomas into doing might just be incredibly stupid and reckless rather than outright evil, but you probably couldn't tell from the end results.
* CreepyChild‎: Although Dax is pushing the child part, everyone is creeped out by his {{Goth}} appearance, and the fact that he lives alone segues into implications that he's a SelfMadeOrphan.
* DiegeticSwitch: Happens a few times, which kind of hinders the illusion of it supposedly being [[BasedOnATrueStory entirely found footage]]. Usually crops up in scenes that are longer in the unrated cut, presumably for the sake of editing.
* DeconstructedTrope
** Can be seen as this for WildTeenParty, showing (with a HUGE dose of exaggeration) absolutely everything that could go wrong in a party like this. However, it's somewhat defeated when [[spoiler:most of the characters essentially get off scot-free, with the exception of Thomas, and even he manages to become hugely popular and gain the respect of his father as a result of the party.]]
** It also deconstructs the FoundFootageFilms genre and showing what kind of person would go around filming what are supposed to be private conversations for the purpose of it going into the narrative.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Thomas seemingly loses it and decides to stop caring when the helicopter passes above his house. He flips off the camera and proceeds to jump from his roof... right into the bouncy castle.]]
* DoNotTryThisAtHome: Apparently needed it, because several copycat partiers adopted the FamilyUnfriendlyAesop and threw ragers of their own, including over $100,000 in damages and [[http://gma.yahoo.com/houston-teen-killed-project-x-inspired-party-202659149--abc-news.html even a murder.]] Though even after the disclaimer, the rest of the film proceeds with showing all the cool stuff that's going on... [[SubvertedTrope as well as the Consequences]].
* DrugsAreBad: Surprisingly played straight; whilst it was most likely unintentional, [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1636826/parentalguide IMDb's parental guide]] makes a very good point, saying that even though the use of drugs is portrayed as harmless fun, the party quickly goes downhill after they're taken.
* ExaggeratedTrope: Also can be seen as this, for more than obvious reasons....
* ExtremeDoormat: Thomas' main problem. If he had made any attempt at all to stand up against Costa's reckless suggestions he would have been an overall happier person and would have to deal with far less trouble in the end.
* {{Expy}}: Many have liken the plot of the movie to ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', many of the characters are similar as is their motivation. The only difference is that it focuses on the party rather than trying to get to it.
* TheFaceless: Averted early on -- while the movie's camera-based POV would normally leave the cameraman Dax as an example, he takes a brief shot of a mirror so the audience gets a clear view of him, and he even gets a scene towards the end of the film where he talks about the utterly chaotic party while having the camera pointed at his face.
* {{Fanservice}}
** More or less the only real reason the Extended Cut exists; basically adds a whole batch of extended shots of girl's boobs at the pool, as well as a short section in one of the montages of girls flashing to the camera.
* {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:J.B. breaks his pinky finger jumping off the roof onto the bouncy castle.]]
* FlippingTheBird: The lawn gnome statue does this perpetually, [[spoiler:and Thomas does it to the helicopter.]]
* GamerChick: Kirby is seen kicking Costa's ass at ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' on the 360.
* GodwinsLaw: While Thomas' dad is going over the many rules for when he and his wife are away, Costa is seen doing a finger mustache and a straight-armed salute.
* GroinAttack: The little person sucker punches a lot of people in the nuts.
* InformedJudaism: J.B. and Costa.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Costa. Why else would he bully and peer-pressure his friend into having the biggest party imaginable for his birthday when it's clear that he has no interest in any such thing? Sure, he keeps telling Thomas that's he doing him a huge favour by doing this for him, but really, who are we kidding? It's what ''he'' wants, and that's all that matters. And this isn't even going into his general disregard for his friends and... well, just about anyone else apart from himself.
* {{Jerkass}}: Costa, the guy belittles his friends, does wildly reckless things and is just unpleasant to everyone he meets.
** On a smaller scale, Thomas's father, who mentions in a private conversation, that he feels Thomas is a loser because he doesn't take any risks. [[spoiler: He actually surprised and even ''a little proud'' when he sees the aftermath of the party.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Costa, the one who planned the entire party, gets his charges dropped because his family can afford a good lawyer. [[spoiler:He's still awaiting the results of three paternity tests, though.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:T-Rick]] shows up at the party wearing body armor and carrying a flamethrower, [[spoiler:looking for revenge against Thomas, Costa and J.B. for stealing his lawn gnome statue full of ecstasy.]]
* LenoDevice: At the end of the film, Jimmy Kimmel is talking about the party on his show, along with several real-life LA-area [=DJs=].
* MomentKiller: Happens numerous time to Thomas. Anytime he's about to get some action, an incident happens, prompting him to leave the girl. [[spoiler:The last time, it's Kirby who walks in on him fondling Alexis' breasts, causing her to break up with him.]]
* OhCrap: Thomas has this reaction every time something goes a little wrong, which is to say, for about half the movie. The most notable one would be [[spoiler:when the dwarf drives the car right in the pool]]. This time, even ''Costa'' realizes that he just can't repair the damages anymore.
* OneOfTheBoys: Kirby.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler:Dax, with the implication at the end that he's a SelfMadeOrphan.]]
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: Reaches this when [[spoiler: ecstasy is revealed to be within the gnome.]]
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: Thomas' dad tells him not to touch the Mercedes or let anybody else use it. Predictably, it winds up at the bottom of the pool.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:By T-Rick at the end.]]
* RunningGag: Costa seems to have a cousin for everything.
* SeriousBusiness: Costa and parties.
** The security kid with the taser is in way over his head and knows it, but it doesn't stop him from taking his self-proclaimed job very seriously.
* SirSwearsALot: Costa
* SkinnyDipping: Costa puts a "Naked Women Only" sign next to the pool. To the boys' surprise, several of the girls actually obey it (that the boys are [[DoubleStandard neither girls nor naked]] is, of course, completely ignored).
* SmallNameBigEgo: Costa. He thinks he's cool, and is quick to blame the two other boys for his loser reputation and lack of girlfriend, but the scenes showing him inviting people to the party indicates that it's probably just in his head. He's also fond of talking about his life in Queens, where he supposedly was one of the coolest boys ever. [[SubvertedTrope On the other hand]], he ''did'' organize the wildest party ever without suffering any lasting consequences, managed to gather a ''very large'' crowd for his friend's birthday, became one of the coolest kids in school, [[spoiler:and scored with at least three girls.]]
* [[spoiler: SoProudOfYou: A low key version from Thomas's father when he returns and sees the house trashed from the party. Stating he "didn't think he (Thomas) had it in him."]]
* TemptingFate: Basically the first quarter of the movie. Any GenreSavvy viewer can guess that any of the rules laid out by Thomas or his father will end up broken.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Pretty much every scene of note, such as [[spoiler:the neighborhood in ruins, the midget in the oven, the Benz in the pool, and T-Rick in his flamethrower suit]] was shown in the preview trailers.
* TheVoiceless: Dax, the main cameraman, rarely speaks until the very end. Given what we learn about him later, this makes him a lot scarier. Even the main characters are freaked out by him.
* TitleDrop: By Costa at the beginning of the film.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Costa, period.
* UngratefulBastard: The little person angrily punches Costa in the nuts right after he saves him from the oven.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: Thomas asks himself this at the end.
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: [[SarcasmMode Of course Thomas will never do anything too serious, he's a "loser".]]
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue:
** Thomas [[spoiler:was convicted of disturbing the peace, contributing to the delinquency of minors and inciting a riot... and was voted "most likely to succeed" by his class.]]
** Costa [[spoiler:was cleared of all charges thanks to his expensive lawyer... and is currently awaiting results on three separate paternity tests.]]
** J.B. [[spoiler:also got his charges dropped because his parents claimed that he was "special needs"... but now he has to ride the short bus to school.]]
** Dax [[spoiler:is being investigated for [[SelfMadeOrphan the disappearance of his parents]].]]
* WildTeenParty: TheMovie.
** {{Exaggerated|Trope}}
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler:Kirby is understandably upset when she sees Thomas and Alexis half-naked in bed right after the two of them (Kirby and Thomas) had kissed, though they do reconcile at the end.]]

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