I wonder some times about the “adults” in Hollywood and whether or not they recognize the damage they are doing. MTV is the easy whipping boy for this argument. What once was an ultra fresh outlet for music fans to tune in to and check out the latest music videos from their favorite artists became a not-so-soft porn site for teenaged fetishes and fantasies. All under the adult supervision of network execs who saw a market for their low brow drivel.
The ratings system has failed parents. We all know how competitive the market is for snagging consumer’s discretionary spending moolah; how specific the demographic research is to aim a product at as wide an audience as possible. In other words, if something is PG-13, the Hollywood folks really want the 9-12 year olds to crave it. If something is rated R, they are banking on the fact that 13 on up will do what it takes to get their eyes on it.
So a film like Project X is really aimed at early teens. The whole forbidden fruit human nature reality. And when you look at a film like this through that prism, you wonder how these producers and “filmmakers” sleep at night. Don’t they have children?
I’m not going to bother with seeing this film. But, here is the Los Angeles Times review. For my readers outside of Cali, the L.A. Times is an extremely liberal newspaper.
Once upon a time there was an innocent little movie called Risky Business. A high school boy (Tom Cruise) throws a party to end all parties to help his pal pay off a sleazy pimp named ‘Guido’ (Joe Pantoliano). Then he falls for ‘Guido’s’ main squeeze (Rebecca De Mornay), and the two consummate their relationship to Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight” on a subway. Raunchy premise? Sure. But at its core, Risky Business is an excellent coming of age story that has just enough sweet boy-meets-girl to make it almost romantic. This film even managed to give us an iconic film moment, Tom Cruise sliding into frame in his boxer shorts and air jamming to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock N’ Roll.”
Our kids get Project X. I wasn’t a big fan of Superbad or The Hangover, but my guess is Project X makes those two look like The Godfather I & II.
Again, not gonna see it. I’ve seen all I need to see in the seemingly endless media blitz. So here’s another review.
Of course our kids want to see Project X. They also want to eat ice cream all night, wear dirty underwear (the boys anyway), blow off school, and go to McDonald’s every day for lunch and Del Taco for dinner. Hey, sounds like a great premise for an MTV show.
Call it Parents Gone Wild.