March 2, 2012, - 4:24 pm

Wknd Box Office: Anti-Semitic, Raunchy “Project X,” Excellent “Undefeated”

By Debbie Schlussel

I’ve noticed an anti-Semitic trend in the movies coming out of Hollywood:  blatantly Jewish villains.  We are only 5.2 million of the American population and about 12 or 13 million in the entire world.  And, yet, we are making up more and more of the bad guys in the movies that Tinseltown serves up.  Last week, I broke the story about “Act of Valor’s” Jewish master jihadist.  And this week, there’s another movie with not just one–but two–Jewish “villains.”

*  “Project X“:  This raunchy, disgusting piece of crap is a total rip-off of “Superbad” (read my review).  But it makes the raunchy “Superbad” (read my review) look like high class, Shakespeare stuff.  And, as in “Superbad,” the most obnoxious, most annoying character who is a bad influence on everyone else is Jewish.  Er . . . make that two annoying, obnoxious, “Jewish” bad influences.  Except that unlike Jonah Hill, in “Superbad”–in which Jewish actor Hill’s character is of ambiguous ethnicity, “Project X” leaves no doubt.  Both horrible characters brag about their Bar Mitzvahs and make clear that they are of the Hebrew faith.  For that reason, I’m thinkin’ maybe it shoulda been called, “Project Malcolm X” . . . or “Project Xcrement.” I’m sure the fact that it’s directed by Muslim Nima Nourizadeh (and has its fair share of self-hating Jewish Hollywood liberals involved) had nothing to do with it.  Right?

The story:  it’s the birthday of a teen who is kind of a geek and has few friends in high school.  His parents are going out of town for the weekend and tell him he is not allowed to throw a big party or have a lot of people over the house.  And while he’s a nice guy, who wants to listen to his parents and have a quiet evening, he is corrupted by the Jews.  His two loud, obnoxious, vulgar, ugly-looking Jewish friends (one of whom is clearly a rip-off of Hill’s character in “Superbad”) insist that he throw a huge party complete with booze, pot, and college girls at his house.  Every phony category in the Jewish stereotype is checked off.  Loud, lascivious and sex-obsessed, mouths like a sewer, slovenly and chubby, not good-looking, etc.  It’s like right out of central casting for the Department of Protocols of the Elders of Zion cover models.  Like I said, in case there is any doubt, both of these jerks talk about their bar mitzvahs–one of them in telling off the police.

Once the party starts, it’s chock full of booze, illegal drugs, topless women in the swimming pool and bedrooms, mass destruction of the house and the backyard, and then a mass fire aimed at them by an angry drug dealer with a flame thrower, who destroys the entire neighborhood.  See, what the Jews did, while implicating their innocent, nice guy gentile friend!

Yes, there are a few funny lines and funny scenes.  But, mostly, it’s disgusting, vile raunchy garbage aimed at teen and 20-something boys, with more than a little anti-Semitic caricaturing thrown in.  Who needs Bin Laden Studios, when ya got Hollywood making Americans and Jews look evil?

Alhamdillullah [praise allah].


Watch the trailer . . .

*  “Undefeated“:  This movie is great, especially because it doesn’t follow the usual politically correct narrative of evil White guy oppressing Blacks, which is surprising given that the movie won the Academy Award for “Best Documentary” at last Sunday Night’s Oscars telecast.  This movie is the exact opposite of the typical Hollywood narrative on race.  It shows several White men who’ve sacrificed their time, families, and livelihoods to coach a Black high school football team in inner city Memphis, Tennessee.  It shows these dedicated White men sacrificing everything to provide these Black male high school football players male role models, father figures, and a winning season.  And soooo much more.

Coach Bill Courtney, truly a mensch of a man, spends six years of his life–even though his business isn’t doing well and he’s losing money–sacrificing almost every waking hour and much family time so that he can turn a team of losers into winners at Memphis’ Manassas High School.  You don’t see a single dad in any of these kids’ lives.  They’re all raised by single mothers, sisters, or grandmothers.  Most of them have a close family member in prison.  And almost all of them don’t have a single parent who’s ever gone to college.  It would be easy to ignore them.  But Courtney–with no monetary motivation (he is spending his own money on food, snacks, and other expenses for the team) and no other ulterior motive–gives of himself to help these kids have something to be proud of.

The movie closely follows the lives of three of the players in particular:  the promising O. C. Brown (who ends up playing in college football), troublemaker and irritable Chavis Daniels, and Montrail “Money” Brown, who does well academically, wants to go to college, and gets injured during the winning season.  We’re shown just how generous Courtney and his White suburban fellow volunteer coaches are too these men to help them better their lives and futures and make their dreams come true, whether it’s paying for tutors for the academically challenged O.C. Brown or completely financing Money Brown’s educational future.  And, despite all that, the motives of the White men are challenged by letters to the editor and comments in the local newspaper sports coverage.  You just can’t win.  Or can you?

Either way, the wise Coach Courtney gets it right when he says, “Football doesn’t build character.  It only reveals character.”  Spot on.

I enjoyed this movie because it’s very real.  It’s real in showing the poverty and hopelessness of the single-mother-and-crime culture with which urban Black America has inflicted itself.  And it shows that the only people seeking to help them out of it are not members of their families or communities.  It’s White people, who are not the racists per the typical portrayal, but loving, generous people who really care about these young men.  It’s refreshing to see it depicted on film.

If I had any complaints, it’s that the movie is a little long and could have been tightened.  But it’s a good movie, nonetheless.  As I said, there’s no political correctness here.  And it’s a great sports documentary.


Watch the trailer . . .

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36 Responses

There is a real paucity of teen movies that feature explicitly Jewish characters who are at all all positive and / or non-stereotypical (no, teenage Jews surviving the Holocaust in movies doesn’t count). It is usually nerds and fat turds.

And it’s definitely not for a lack of actors to play them… for example, the upcoming teen movie The Perks Of Being A Wallflower stars two talented, good-looking young Jewish actors (Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller) and one talented, good-looking not-so-young Jewish actor (Paul Rudd). Are any of these characters in the movie going to be explicitly Jewish? Almost certainly not.

dee on March 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    As a counter to the current perverse anti-Jewish trend in some movies, I offer this classic 1945 remedy courtesy of Frank Sinatra, Albert Maltz, Axel Stordahl, Frank Ross, and Mervyn Leroy–called “The House I Live In.” I hope that you enjoy it. It’s Americana at its best.

    Ralph Adamo on March 5, 2012 at 2:47 am

” His parents are going out of town for the weekend and tell him he is not allowed to throw a big party or have a lot of people over the house.”

Haven’t I already seen this many times, Risky Business, Weird Science, and Superbad?

Thanks for the review, Debbie. Not sure I would have seen this, but your review leaves no doubt I’ll avoid it.

Jeff_W on March 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The theme is very old and state. Someone failed to inform the screen writers that the counterculture of the 1960’s is really no longer cutting edge, or even remotely interesting as a theme to most people. Even so, the old skeleton is covered over with a skin and reanimated.

    Worry01 on March 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Project X sounds like the filthy and brain-dead type of movie that turned me off of Hollywood movies back in the early 80’s when I was still a pre-teen. I love a good movie that can be raunchy (John Water’s unrated “A Dirty Shame” is a huge favourite of mine!) but I detest these filthy flicks that make me sick and make me feel like showering after them.

I hated “There Is Something About Mary”, I hated “SuperBad” and that other franchise that had ugly Jason Biggs in it (I seem to have forgotten the title…). Yuck.

I enjoyed the review of the Documentary “The Undefeated”. It’s lovely to read a review by someone not afraid to drop all PC sensibilities.

And the problem in the movie is the REAL problem behind the issue of Affirmative Action that was also mentioned in a post earlier in the week.

Skunky on March 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I wrote last week Jews are the perfect cinematic villain.

Here’s another movie where all the human deficiencies are true – not about the Jews but about Islam.

Tinseltown can’t say what it knows to be true so it has to hang a peg somewhere. All the same this cowardice is repulsive and disgusting.

Who needs Goebbels and Bin Laden when you’ve got Hollywood deciding good old fashioned anti-Semitism will bring in the box office cash?

I don’t expect this kind of depraved Jew-baiting to disappear anytime soon.

Debbie, thanks for the review. Here’s another movie I won’t ever want to see!

NormanF on March 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Debbie, after Shabbat please let me know what your favorite noodle kugel is. As for the movie, I prefer Jewish characters as it gives films more depth. The disgusting, foul mouthed upper middle class Jewish teenager isn’t a mythical creature, and it’s hard to say that movies should either be promoting Jews or not depicting them. BTW McLovin’ (a.k.a. Fogel) from Superbad was Jewish and he was a mensch. Also Debbie do you prefer your matzoh ball soup with noodles or without? I was thinking vegetarian cholent for our entree and Pareve ice cream for dessert. After Havdalah we can go bowling and belittle the drivers with Obama bumper stickers on the way.

A1 on March 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I don’t think I really understand your ‘Project X’ opinions…
(NOT that I would waste my money on a ticket for such shlock)

Currently in CBS’ ‘Big Bang Theory’, the Engineer character Howard Wolowitz is both a stereotype (courtesy of creator Bar Mitzvah ‘Chuck Lorre’) AND a voice of reason….

….and in the old ‘Fantastic Four’ comics, the ‘Thing’, Benjamin Grimm, was defined as a Jew, most respectively and humorously…

SO….. I think back to the ‘casting the first stone’ caution…

Nick Fury on March 3, 2012 at 12:42 am

“Undefeated” sounds good – will definitely see.

I don’t always agree with your taste in movies, but when you expose the race-baiting, anti-Semitic or islamo-pandering/whitewashing aspects of films, I never question it because I loathe those P.C. “messages” in film.

Thanks for the heads-up on these.

DS_ROCKS! on March 3, 2012 at 5:28 am

Well thank goodness for the whiteman come to save us all! Undefeated sounds good but your over simplfication of race issuses not so much.

E Thompson on March 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

    E. Thompson, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. YOU’RE the one over simplificating.

    Please go see your therapist for your raging projection issues.

    Skunky on March 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Not really. DS is the one who said black’s problums are all their own doing. All social problems are deeper than that.

E Thompson on March 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    E. Thompson, who is gonna help push back the 71% out-of-wedlock birthrate? Maybe we can get Glenda the Good Witch from “The Wizard of Oz” to float in on her clear bubble and wave her magic wand.

    THAT is the crux of the problem that no one wants to take on and talk about. I don’t care who you are…EVERYONE deserves a loving, two-parent family so they can have a solid foundation.

    Skunky on March 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Never said anything against two parent families. My point was that it much deeper than simply saying, “all inner city black kids are rasied by crack whores and only white football couaches can save them.” I’m sorry that was so hard for you yo ubderstand.

      E Thompson on March 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        Emma Thompson, WHO? said this… “all inner city black kids are rasied by crack whores and only white football couaches can save them.”

        Who are you attributing THAT to? No one here said it but the voices in your head.

        It’s the 71% out-of-wedlock birthdate in tandem with the blind following of Democrats that will keep those in the situation you take such umbrage with white people pointing out. Grow up.

        Skunky on March 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

You forgot stealing when you where talking about jewish stereotypes , the nole stolen from drug dealer. Subsequently creating a frankenstein – ish / golem of sorts monster that sets the block on fire while looking for revenge.

Hay , was wondering your opinion / review of the movie ” the debt ” where the catch is – jews lie and take credit for things they say they did but in reality didn’t do – another jewish stereotype.

el on March 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    “Hay , was wondering your [DS’s] opinion / review of the movie ‘ the debt ‘ where the catch is – jews lie and take credit for things they say they did but in reality didn’t do – another jewish stereotype.”

    El, I’m assuming that you are referring to the remake of the movie that came out over six months ago. If so, then here is Debbie’s review. Short story–as her title says, “‘The Debt’: Fast-Paced & Thrilling, But It’s Fiction & Defames Mossad”.

    Long Story:

    JeffE on March 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Great reviews. As I always state we stopped going to movies years ago and refuse to support the trash and propaganda coming out of Hollywood. I remember when Hollywood produced strong clean and patriotic movies.

We have really fallen as a nation. I also remember when they played NICE music in the department stores while we shopped. Now all I hear is someone screaming and they call that singing.

Fred on March 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

What is the MO for this movie? Who financed it? Who worked on it without questioning? These are my questions. Is it just to say” We bad, we bad, to demonstrate macho to our bros, or something darker and more insidious? Movies like “Dead Presidents” inpired shootings inside and outside the theater.
What is this movie and others in this new “hebraic” genre supposed t reveal or inspire?
Any clues? Even Colombo is at a loss.
Whats next “The Elder Protocols” by MGM starring Mel Gibson. Whoopie Goldberg and Barbera Walters?
Another speculation is that maybe these sickflicks are mean’t to parallel the plot on “The Producers” by Mel Brooks (the Hitler musical mean’t to turkey but instead backfired).

Ron Wolf aka "Columbo" on March 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t think there’s any sort of machismo going on with this movie. I think it’s couple of guys telling an uplifting story. Sure Sean Combs is one of the producers but the two directors having really done much, a rom com and a documentary about beer pong are the big notes.

    petebone on March 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Thank you for the reviews, Debbie. Accordingly, I will not see “Project X”; “Undefeated” is a movie that I plan on seeing.

JeffE on March 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm

For that reason, I’m thinkin’ maybe it shoulda been called, “Project Malcolm X” . . . or “Project Xcrement.”

Malcolm X spent the end of his life pulling himself out of the anti-Semitic, reverse racist mud of the Nation of Islam.

Except for the anti-Semitism, and the drug dealer, the climax of this story is plainly ripped off from Paul Zindel’s fiction, The Pigman and Pardon Me, You’re Stepping on my Eyeball.

This coming Wednesday is the Fast of Esther. I wish all the religious Jews on this website an easy fast. This coming Thursday is Purim and I wish you all a joyous one.

Miranda Rose Smith on March 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

Debbie this is one of the reasons why I love you (in a platonic way off course.) I read your reviews because being a working man who is going to college I don’t have time to waste money going crappy movies. That is why I’m going to avoid Project X like the plague. I’m going to have to wait for next week to see Undefeated though. Due to rtying to get some overtime. Someone has to be taxed to death to pay for obummer’s social programs. Skunky I think you were referring to the American Pie movies with that goofy dope Jason Biggs and the equally nutty Alyson Hannigan.

Ken b on March 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm

As pathetic as it is for a piece of crap like “Project X” to be released in cinema, whats even worse is that is making money, people out there are willing to go see it, and even worse, actually defend it against criticism.

ThePatriot76 on March 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm

“Undefeated” is a documentary. The coach is trying to do something noble. Why do people have to knock this movie?

Occam's Tool on March 5, 2012 at 1:54 am


Regarding “Undefeated”, I agree with you that no one should have been knocking the movie. Of course, I felt the same way about “The Blind Side” too, and PLENTY of conservatives hated that one …


The idea that the black leadership has ever ignored the illegitimacy issue is a myth that can be easily debunked by perusing the archives of Ebony and Jet Magazines. Black leaders and other liberals were the first to talk about illegitimacy. (You almost certainly won’t agree with their policy approaches to solving the issue, or where the issue ranked on their list of priorities, but that is entirely different from claiming that they ignored it.) Conservatives merely discovered the issue when they saw that it could be used as a device to evade discussing racism.

Now you know my religious beliefs, so far me it from me to be an apologist for illegitimacy, or for the behavior that causes it (which is a bigger problem than illegitimacy itself, which the abortion issue alone makes explicitly clear). But still you must consider this: in 1970, the black illegitimacy rate was roughly equal to what the white illegitimacy rate is now. But back then, the black poverty rate was HIGHER for a community with a 25% illegitimacy rate than it is today for that same community with a 70% illegitimacy rate.

So, back when black family values were better but there was a lot more racism, blacks were poorer. In contemporary times when there is much less racism but worse family values, blacks are much wealthier. Even during this crushing recession, blacks are better off economically now than during the 50s postwar economic boom. Black families were a lot stronger then, but so was Jim Crow.

Gerald on March 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Occam’s Tool,

I’m not knocking the movie at all. I actually want to see it! God Bless these coaches for what they’re doing! It warms my heart to see MEN standing up and trying to make a difference in the lives of these kids. However, what is do object to is a statement that Debbie made:

“It’s real in showing the poverty and hopelessness of the single-mother-and-crime culture with which urban Black America has inflicted itself. And it shows that the only people seeking to help them out of it are not members of their families or communities. ”

The “only people”??? That statement does a disservice to the numerous Black men like me who ARE working with inner-city kids all across the nation, trying to save their lives and show them that there is a better way. Someone needs to tell Debbie that there is more going on than what she sees in ONE movie…..

D. O'Nay on March 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm


    “The “only people”??? That statement does a disservice to the numerous Black men like me who ARE working with inner-city kids all across the nation, trying to save their lives and show them that there is a better way. Someone needs to tell Debbie that there is more going on than what she sees in ONE movie…..”

    I was going to respond myself, but then I thought “she can’t POSSIBLY have meant that!” and read it about four or five times before FINALLY UNDERSTANDING. Ms. Schlussel did not mean that no blacks were trying to help other blacks in the inner city IN GENERAL. (Because if she felt that way … well all she had to do is watch the DVD of “Coach Carter.” Or “Lean On Me.” Or “The Marva Collins Story.” Or “Hurricane Season.” Or … oh never mind!) She meant in the context of the movie. She meant that the movie depicted the white coaches as the only people trying to help their kids out, and that is in stark contrast with how movies usually pretend that whites are the only things keeping blacks down.

    Of course, I disagree with Ms. Schlussel’s thesis. Like 99% of the time, movies depict a combination of black pathology and white racism as acting against blacks, and usually the overwhelming balance of responsibility tends towards black pathology. For example, see “Boyz N Tha’ Hood”, “Baby Boy”, and “Poetic Justice”, all of which dealt with crime, drugs, illegitimacy, poor educational performance etc. far more than they did racism. The same was true of “The Blind Side”, which dealt heavily with black pathology, but was furiously dismissed BY SOME because IT DARED to deal with A SMALL PORTION of the racism that was discussed at much more length and detail IN THE NONFICTION BOOK ON WHICH “THE BLIND SIDE” WAS BASED. (There really, honestly was no way that John Lee Hancock – who by the way is no racial liberal – could have made “The Blind Side” without dealing with the viciousness directed at Oher and the Tuohys THAT WAS RECORDED IN THE NONFICTION BOOK, because A. it WAS a part of the story because it had A HUGE EFFECT on the Tuohy family and B. he would have been decapitated, dismembered, and disemboweled, and drawn and quartered by the critics had he left it out.)

    Gerald on March 5, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Remember the Titans!

Seek on March 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The high school in quesion in Memphis is Manassas High. And suffice to say, its a part of town one does not go if one values their lives. I will wai til this hit On Demand on cable, but I’m looking forward to seeing it.

The basketball coach of my alma mater (U. of Memphis), Josh Pastner (34 year old Jewish KID), has put foot to tuchus of his players, who thought he was a chump. He banned them from their posh locker room, removed their names from their jerseys & left no doubt as to who runs that team. And they now play up to their potential. Ms. Schlussel may know more about the type of guy Paster is than I do, since she’s pretty well informed. But I think its safe to say that we won’t be hearing about Pastner & any sort of idiocy or recruiting violations like we did with Bruce “I Screwed Tennesse Basketball But Good” Pearle.

Con Chef (NB) on March 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Hi Debbie, do you consider “What About Bob?” to be an anti-semitic movie? A colleague, who happens to be gentile, told me he considered it to be a deliberate inversion of Hollywood “uptight patriarch subverted by pushy, kooky newcomer” theme where the patriarch is a very Jewish Richard Dreyfuss as an effete Freudian psychiatrist (condescending, effeminate, obnoxious, rich) and the pushy, kooky newcomer who wins over his family (which I admit seems implicitly Christian) and town is Bill Murray being good-spirited, warm and “Christian”.

I found this theory to be troubling, given that I have watched this movie with my children many times. Is there anything to this?

Eric Gregor on March 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

The people associated with this movie are trash.

1 on March 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I wonder of the Feldmans and Goldsteins party like this up at West Bloomfield High or North Farmington….?

Harvey Feldstein on March 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

About ‘Project X’, welcome to the world of Christians! As that is ALWAYS how Christians are portrayed by (mostly Jewish) Hollywood – as evil, corrupting, horrible people.

Gregory on March 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Eric Gregor says – “pushy, kooky newcomer who wins over his family (which I admit seems implicitly Christian)” = WOW, yet typical.

Gregory on March 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I think it does more to promote Jewish people as hard partyers who can get all the girls. The movie is plotted towards teenagers, not adults. Martyrdom maybe?

Jimmy Russels on September 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

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