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Take Me Home Tonight
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Aug 4, 2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Michael Dowse

Actors:
Topher Grace
Teresa Palmer
Anna Faris

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Circa 1987- Matt Franklin (Topher Grace), despite being an MIT graduate. is spending his summer working at Suncoast Video in the mall, while trying to decide what to do with his life. One day, his high-school crush, Tori (Teresa Palmer) re-enters his life, and invites him to a Labor-Day party being given that evening. Only problem- he's somehow convinced her that he works from Goldman-Sachs, and he's affraid that if she knows the truth, she won't want anything to do with him. To keep the ruse going, Matt and his best pal, Barry (Dan Fogler) somehow manage to get their hands on both a luxury car, and a gram of cocaine- while Matt's twin sister, Wendy (Anna Faris) deals with issues of her own.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT is nowhere near as bad as it's rep would have you believe. Filmed in 2007, it sat on the shelf a full four years before being sold off by it's original studio, Universal, to Relativity Media, who gave it a middling theatrical release (it never played here in Montreal), where it promptly tanked.

Sound pretty bad, right? Actually, no. TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, while far from a classic (it's nowhere near as good as the similarly themed ADVENTURELAND) is a harmless, fun comedy that does exactly what it set out to do, which is to imitate late-eighties comedies, and in that regard TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT feels almost authentic.

Call it THAT 80'S MOVIE if you will, but it's a pretty decent little comedy, and one of Topher Grace's better big-screen vehicles. I enjoyed it, although I found it was better as a light, relationship comedy (with the gorgeous Teresa Palmer making a terrific love-interest), than the zany, coke-fueled slapstick comedy it is whenever Dan Fogler's on-screen. Still, it gets the job done, and it's a solid enough rental.

THE EXTRAS
Overall, this is a so-so disc, with only a few special features to please fans of the film.

First up, eleven minutes of deleted scenes none of which really add up to much, and are better left out of the film. Next up is a cast get together which was recently shot, and points out how different everyone looks from four years ago when this was shot. Anna Faris in particular looks like a different person.

Finally, there's the Take Me Home Tonight music video, which, despite it's title IS NOT the old Eddie Money video from the eighties, but rather a video of the indie cover of "Don't You Want Me Baby" by The Human League featured in the film. The extras are rounded out by the trailer , and a really lame, clunky feature called music boombox that lets you jump to the scenes featuring eighties hits. Wish the music videos had been included instead.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I really don't know why everyone shit on this upon it's release, as it's a non-offensive flick, with some nice moments, and a decent performance from star Grace. Also- it has Michael Biehn as his Dad. C'mon- a movie with Michael Biehn deserves a look, right?
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1:22PM on 08/05/2011

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Thanks for reviewing this, I probably wouldn't have heard about it otherwise. I actually enjoyed it, wasn't great but I liked it. I enjoy 80's movies and movies like Can't Hardly Wait. Also Michelle Trachtenberg was in it which is always a good thing. Enjoyable fun movie.
Thanks for reviewing this, I probably wouldn't have heard about it otherwise. I actually enjoyed it, wasn't great but I liked it. I enjoy 80's movies and movies like Can't Hardly Wait. Also Michelle Trachtenberg was in it which is always a good thing. Enjoyable fun movie.
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