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Take Me Home Tonight

Published September 20, 2011

Take Me Home Tonight

Film info

  • Title Take Me Home Tonight
  • Director Michael Dowse
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 1hr 37m
  • Genres Romance, Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline Best. Night. Ever.

Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old confounds family and friends by taking a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. But Matt's silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), walks into the store. When she invites him to an epic, end-of-summer party, Matt thinks he finally might have a chance with the girl of his dreams. With his cynical twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and best friend Barry (Dan Fogler), Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening. From stealing a car to a marriage proposal to an indescribable, no-holds-barred dance-off, these friends share experiences that will change the course of their lives on one unforgettable night in the Go-Go '80s.

Background Info

The trailer to this looked exactly like Hot Tub Time Machine. People in the modern day being exposed to the 80s and trying to convince each other that they should be in a relationship. I wasn’t expecting great things, particularly as I have only heard of Anna Faris in this one. That’s never really a great draw to a film for me!

Live Blog

TimeComment

1:04 - Weird idents. 3:04 - Who carries a book around with them in their suit jacket pocket? 5:30 - Music by the lead singer of the Buggles. Buggles is the best word ever. 9:26 - “Bottom line it for me?” Great cover conversation. 12:17 - Ooh, I know this one. He wants to be the Easter Bunny. Scarily similar scene! 17:30 - “It’s almost perfectly legitimate.” 23:20 - I like the rolled up sleeves thing of the 80s. 25:51 - I don’t get why he is working at a video store, just not sure what he wants to do with his life? 29:21 - Awkward party conversation. I hate it. 35:35 - Do people actually have dance offs? 39:11 - If someone asks if you are insured before you dance, that’s a bad sign. 42:34 - OMG, is that Buffy’s sister?? 49:26 - That is one alternative to playing iSpy in the car, I suppose. 50:40 - Aren’t they embarrassed to be wearing 80s clothes at a grown up party? 57:17 - “Is this what I want to do with my life?” I know that question. 59:08 - They played that game on Scott Mills. Not so much with the p word though. 1:03:50 - Truth or dare is a dangerous business. 1:08:22 - Cambridge = some fancy pants school in England. 1:17:57 - There are pluses and minuses to having a dad as a policeman then. 1:19:34 - Girls talk. 1:26:59 - Why would anyone do that? And how on earth was that ball put together? 1:31:24 - What is his dad going to say about his bruises? 1:32:39 - You know it’s a good party if it ends with breakfast.

Conclusions

It was good, occasionally interesting and sometimes funny. The story was okay, but it was a little bit crude for my liking - some rather disturbing sequences and an awful lot of swearing. The characters were good but some of the dialogue was a bit clunky. Having said all that, it was a surprise to read that it took four years to come out after many studio delays. I wonder what I would have thought of it had it come out in 2007.

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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