When it comes to goofball adventures involving teens, it’s a sure bet that these teens are either geeks or nerds. Sometimes, they’re just regular guys who are not that popular in class, but want to make a dent in their high school life somehow. Sometimes, their efforts work. But of course, most times, plans like these backfire, big time.
This is basically the storyline that the film Project X follows. The 2012 film could be construed as just another teen party flick. However, the project also shows interesting aspects of graduating seniors and what they’re capable of doing to have fun.
So this is what the film tells. Three male friends who are not that popular try to throw an epic party. The purpose is for people to know about them. But when they advertise this party over the internet and the media, it turns into a huge, huge event!
There are other films that are deeper or as equally party-filled. Check out our list of movies like Project X to discover some of them, over the ages.
1 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
How about an ‘80s film that featured two slacker dudes who are not that academically inclined? Thanks to a future fan and a time machine, they later try to ace a history exam to pass their class. This is basically what the 1989 film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is all about.
This movie is indeed one of those where-will-this-plot-go fun movies like Project X. Bill and Ted encounter a future fan of theirs, an official saying that the boys’ present life will impact the future of society. Apparently, they’re big in the future. But they have to do good first in this particular history exam to be great!
The rather goofball adventure of our two teen slackers is super-fun, as they travel in time using a telephone booth for a time machine. It helps that Ted is played by a pre-Matrix Keanu Reeves. Definitely worth the popcorn. Go watch!
2 Can’t Buy Me Love
The ‘80s sure were full of nerdy teens! Can’t Buy Me Love is one of them.
This 1987 film stars Patrick Dempsey as a nerdy guy who’s not really popular in their school. But of course, he has a crush in one of the pretty girls in school.
Now why is this in our list of movies like Project X? Like the boys there, our teen nerd hero tries ways to up his status in their school’s society. And his plan involved pretending to be the boyfriend of the popular girl crush of his.
This sounds impossible to achieve at first. But when an opportunity presented itself, he grabs it. Apparently, the girl snatched an expensive dress by her mom, without permission. But she soils it, and will be subjected to hell if the mom found out. So our teen nerd volunteers to buy a similar dress for her, for replacement.
It’s not that easy to scheme. But he pays her money to buy the dress, and asks her to be his pretend girlfriend. Watch the film to know what happens next!
3 Real Genius
Care to see a geeky teen version of Val Kilmer? In 1985, he had a film where he essayed such role! It’s called Real Genius.
The film is about a small group of high school teens recruited by the government for a secret scientific project. Since these teens are teens, of course they are also inclined to some time for playing hooky and for attending parties. And that’s why this film is in our list of movies like Project X.
Not only are these geeks science geniuses, they are also working for the CIA, apparently. But the science here is, they’re working on a weapons project but are unaware of it. Watch to find out what happens!
4 Weird Science
If you’re an unpopular geek but you’re really good at science, why not concoct a dream girl of your own? That, in a nutshell, is what Weird Science is all about.
The 1985 finds two teens in a Pygmalion and Galatea-like storyline. Whereas that Greek mythological story involves a sculptor creating a perfect woman statue, blessed later by a god to come alive, this film is somewhat parallel in intention.
The film’s story deals with the nerdy teens creating a real-life bombshell out of a doll and some scientific hullaballoo. Soon, the va-va-voom woman goes around with them all the time, increasing their visibility in their teen society. Later, the woman also brings more coolness factor to them. For these factors, the film belongs here in our list of movies like Project X.
It’s very interesting how this pans out in the end. Go watch it to find out more!
5 Encino Man
Two average and dorky teens try so hard to be one of the cool teens in school. But it just doesn’t happen for them. That is, until they accidentally discover a frozen caveman in their backyard digging project. Lo and behold, the caveman thaws out, and gets thrusted into 20th century living!
This is the basic plot of the film Encino Man. The 1992 film is here in our list of movies like Project X because, due to the discovery of the caveman, the two teen goofs hang out with him after transforming him into 20th century California garb. And his presence in their lives change their status dramatically with their peers!
Brendan Fraser is perfect in his role here as the caveman turned Californian. Take a look at a pre-Lord of the Rings Sean Astin here as one of the dorky teens. Pauly Shore is also entertaining here as the stoner-like slacker friend.
6 Napoleon Dynamite
What if you have a very different kind of outcast teen who doesn’t seem to care much? He instead escapes through his creative ways, mostly by doodling stuff. Then that would be the hit cult film Napoleon Dynamite.
The 2004 film features a nerdy-looking teen guy named Napoleon. He doesn’t have much friends. Later, he befriends a transfer student from Mexico named Pedro. He also befriends a shy girl named Deb. They become friends later on.
This is one of those movies like Project X because, even if the outcast teens don’t mind being outcasts, they later realize that it would indeed be nice to be recognized, somewhat. Pedro even runs for class president!
The movie is more character-driven than plot-driven. You have to see it to look at what happens next. And we promise, there’s a reason why this is such a cult hit. Just fun fun fun! Go watch!
7 American Pie Presents: Band Camp
Continuing the legacy of that super-funny teen comedy film American Pie, here comes the 2005 sequel entitled American Pie Presents: Band Camp.
The film takes off way later than the American Pie films. It features the younger brother of the original American Pie character Stifler. This time, it’s little bro Matt who has the kooky adventures.
What happens here is that Matt gets sent to band camp as a sort of punishment for unruly behavior. And this is where he encounters different kinds of teens. This is also when the movie becomes like one of those movies like Project X. There are girls, there are parties, but there are rivalries as well.
If you loved the original American Pie series, go watch this interesting spin-off!
8. 21 and Over
The 2013 film 21 and Over is another fun-filled movie with goofball teen characters. And this one starts on a good night ful of innocent celebrating, which turns out to be more adventure-filled than ever!
The story is about three former high school buddies who have now gone separate ways – well, at least one of them. Jeff is already in college, preparing for medical school. Meanwhile, his two buddies Miller and Casey are busy thinking of ways to celebrate their friend’s 21st birthday.
Now for teen boys, turning 21 is a huge deal. It means being able to buy alcohol in a public space, legitimately. No more IDs! This is what the two friends were thinking when they fetched their studious friend. Reluctantly, but also excited of this turning 21 fact, Jeff agrees to have one innocent drink with them.
But you know how these fun teen movies go! Check it out to find out what happens to these dudes!
The 2015 film called Dope is a hit in the independent film circuit. That’s because it tells of the interesting story of two geeky teens who run into illegal drug dealers.
The two male teen geeks have big ambitions of their own. But they’re not exactly affluent to make their dreams come true. One day, they run into a drug dealer who tries to use them to get the attention of a girl. This incident, while innocent in nature, later bears heavy consequences that will lead the teen boys into some interesting paths.
And this is where the story becomes one of those films like Project X. Since the narrative appears very organic, you don’t know in which direction the storytelling will grow. Which also means, it could go towards intriguing ways. So go check it out and see for yourself!
10 Not Another Teen Movie
Would you expect a film that’s like a combination of spoof-parodies of many teen movies to be like one of those movies like Project X? Why, you should, of course! Since they have many of the plot patterns of the spoofed films, it’s just perfect to mention it here.
This interesting 2015 movie also has characters like in Project X. They also want to party and, of course, have sex or lose their virginity. It’s always the teen boys who have this storyline, notice that?
Then there’s also an interestingly familiar storyline of a popular guy turning a rebel girl into a prom queen. Sounds a lot like the ‘90s-00s movies with teens, right? Well, we’ll lose space here if we enumerate so many parallelisms and fun plots. Go check it out for yourself!