PROJECT XCESS: Bridging the gap from Australia to America, reality to ridiculous

on March 08, 2012 by Max Weinstein

projectxbacall.pngDoes Project X celebrate our chaotic adolescence or scathingly critique it? Either way, producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver grossly caricature the hijinks that further its plot: aggressive attitudes toward local police, abuse of public and private property, and disregard for one's own personal health or safety, all for the sake of one "epic" night. In this skewed universe, high school misfit Thomas Kubb (Thomas Mann) will ultimately be named "Most Likely to Succeed" by the classmates who once ignored him and even win his father's newfound respect, simply by trashing his entire house. That Thomas is rewarded for his exploits confirms one thing about Hollywood and its audience: our steadfast belief that being bad makes you the star of your own movie.

Corey Worthington made that dream a reality. The Melbourne 16-year-old's own wild party in 2008 had Australian police sending 30 officers, a helicopter and a dog squad to his neighborhood, while he and his mates sat back and enjoyed the show. He's the real life clay that Project X used to mold its gutter-mouthed showboat Costa (Oliver Cooper), in all his bravado and excess. Intercutting Project X's glossy recreation with the real life damage Corey caused and his brashly unapologetic interview with A Current Affair anchorwoman Leila McKinnon, and the line between fiction and fact blurs faster than the vision of a drunk teenager.

Wrapping up her interview, McKinnon tells Corey, "I suggest you go away and take a good, long, hard look at yourself." Corey's reply: "I have. Everyone has. They love it." By the time he turned 18, he was offered a stint on Big Brother and a role in a movie called Life in the Fast Lane, to be shot in Hollywood. (Like Corey's Wikipedia entry, today deleted for irrelevancy, that project has since been put on hold.) Is it any wonder that in Project X's universe, Thomas and Costa became celebrities overnight?


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