By Open Book
The film Project X opened in theaters this weekend. The film marketed primarily to young adult male audiences is rated R and moviegoers have to be 21 or older to see the film. So what’s the big deal? This film comes out during a time when women in America are asking for better representation in the media. Sure this has been an ongoing argument between women and Hollywood for a while now. However, to start off the New Year, the producers of Project X seem to be thumbing their noses at feminist everywhere claiming their bringing reality TV to the big screen. Could the negative depiction of young girls influence a whole new generation of men who devalue women? The site feministfrequency.com analyzed film studios 2011 report card regarding women’s roles in film and surprisingly only one film passed the Bechdel Test. In this article we will look at the trailer for Project X and see if it would pass or fail the Bechdel Test. Plus discuss Reality TV, scandal media culture being brought to the big screen.
- Warner Brothers who claimed leading ladies were box office poison (not so long ago) has put out a new film entitled Project X. Please see trailer.
- The video below explains the Bechdel Test and how Hollywood measured up last year.
- In a recent interview from the producer and director of Project X they kept referring to the reality and authenticity of the film. According to the director this film is based off of actual events. The cast was made up of mostly extras and music was carefully selected to appeal to a seventeen-year old demographic.
- Please see the second video below of the cast explaining what they appreciated most about working on this film. One-actor states; “I appreciated working with women who had no cellulite on them.” Here’s the irony about that statement. The young man who made that comment appears to have a weight problem. Take a look for yourself.
Gosh not much has changed for young women today? Are filmmakers taking advantage of teen’s poor self-image by claiming its reality and therefore absolving them of any responsibility? What are your thoughts?
Please join our discussion on Tuesday: 3/6/2012@7pmE/12UTC