Mar 5, 2011

Take Me Home Tonight Review

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Premise:
It's 1988 and Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) just graduated from M.I.T. for engineering, but hates his field so much that he's back living at home with his parents and fraternal twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) while working at a video rental store. In the midst of trying to figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, his high school dream-girl Tori Fredreking (Teresa Palmer) waltzes into his workplace and back into his life. With the help of sister and best friend Barry Nathan (Dan Fogler), Matt's efforts to win Tori's heart will give him the wildest, most self-fulfilling night of his entire life.


Standouts:
There's a ton of a great 80's music in this film. Like a ton. Almost too much to handle. It's practically a musical! Almost every scene is like the director just yelling at you "HEY REMEMBER THIS SONG!? NOSTALGIA TRIP HUH!?"


My Highlights:
Underwater entrapment, Demetri freaking Martin, the dance-off


Overall Rating:
The movie met my expectations to a tee - a greatly cast film that was utterly forgettable. All the actors and actresses did a great job with the material they were given, but the script was just ripping chunks out of as many movies as possible and trying to piece it together to make a sensible plot. But the flow was clearly choppy. I thought there was a great allusion to The Graduate amongst the scene-stealing from other films, but it primarily served to remind me how much better The Graduate was at telling the entire story of Take Me Home Tonight. The film was nothing too offensive, but it wasn't really worth seeing outside of youtube clips. I give it 3 *'s out of 5, or 6 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
If you see it on TV and you're bored, give it a watch. It'll be something entertaining for two hours.

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