Movie Review: Take Me Home Tonight

Posted by on March 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Young AmericansKids in America…wait, now it’s called Take Me Home Tonight? Ok, whatever the name is, this movie is like totally retro! The 80’s romantic-ish comedy follows Topher Grace, Anna Farris, Dan Folger and the lovely Teresa Palmer on a radical adventure that you’ll soon forget!

Get a shallow review after the break!



Quick Synopsis: Uninspired MIT grad, Matt Franklin (Topher Grace), still has feelings for his high school crush, Tori Fredreking (Teresa Palmer). She ends up visiting the Suncoast store he works at and freaks out. So like any 80’s movie, he pretends to be some one he’s not and lies about having a stellar job. Matt ends up digging himself into a deeper grave after accepting Tori’s invitation to his sister’s, Wendy Franklin (Anna Farris), boyfriend’s end-of-the-summer party. Along the way he gets into caarraaaazzzyyy antics with his side kick Barry Nathan (Dan Folger)!

A couple of things struck me while watching Take Me Home Tonight. The first was being continuously smothered in 80’s paraphernalia. Ok, we get it. This movie takes place in the 80’s. I’m talking about shoulder pads on every other girl, over used 80’s songs, and an unoriginal plot that’ll leave you begging for a John Hughes flick to cleanse your eyes out. The bland dialogue and failed attempts at memorable one-liners left a terrible metallic taste in my mouth. It tried too hard to be funny or clever and ended up falling flat.

To give you some background info, Take Me Home Tonight was filmed three years ago in Phoenix, Arizona- my home town; which apparently looks like Los Angeles did in the 80’s. Anyways, because of this I have a close connection with the movie. But it’s like being the father of a red headed child that you don’t care for. The kid’s annoying but charms you just enough to keep you from sending him to the CPS or the street.

How ironic, that’s the exact expression I had the entire movie.

Was it that bad? Well, sort of. The two scenes with Demetri Martin were funny but other than that nothing seemed to stand out. I really wanted to like this movie. A lot of friends worked their asses off behind and in front of the camera and they deserve kudos. It’s too bad they put their blood, sweat, and talent into a screenplay that was obviously written with none of the above.

4/10 FleshEatingZipper

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  • DAYUUUUUUUUUUMM! I think I’ll still check it out though, I like to subject myself to disappointment.

    • Go to the matinee. That way you’ll only be out $5 instead of $10.

  • Johnny

    I’m disappointed that none of the characters, at any time during the movie, actually look like they do in the poster.

    • Anonymous

      Probably because there’s a four year difference :D