Excerpt: After graduating M.I.T., Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) is working a dead-end job at a video store but a chance encounter wit his unrequited high school crush Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), Matt decides to make up for lost time, so he, his twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and his best friend Barry (Dan Fogler) hit a party where they know she'll be in hopes Matt will get another chance with her.
Excerpt: Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) wasn’t popular in school, but he still remembers his close encounter with the hottest girl in town. While their “seven minutes in heaven” was awkward and no kissing was involved, she lied and helped him avoid more abuse. Now Franklin is an adult, went to MIT, live his with parents, and…works at Suncoast Video.
Excerpt: As someone who not only remembers the films of the 80’s, but was in the audiences of many of them, I find it somewhat odd to see “retro” films of this decade gone by. I do also find it a bit odd that an entire decade can so aptly summed up by a few things. Throw in some neon colors, a popped collar, a Rubik’s cube and a Pac-Man machine and, boom, you’ve got yourself an 80’s movie.
Excerpt: At first glance, Take Me Home Tonight seems like it's aiming for the same kind of territory that 2010's Hot Tub Time Machine covered; a none too serious, marginally effective satire of '80s cinema and culture. But here's the thing, Take Me Home Tonight , despite its opening scene and laughably cheesy opening credits sequence, is more of a film that just happens to be set in the '80s instead of a send up of the decade. It's not as funny as Hot Tube Time Machine .
Excerpt: Take a bunch of second tier Hollywood comedic talents, delay it due to the drug use reported on set, add in a cliché riddled script, and you have Take Me Home . The latest bit of ’80sploitation has the simple goal of recreating American Graffiti , teens stuck in a life crisis, seeking some love, and defying all logical authority. This isn’t George Lucas, and Take Me Home isn’t trying secure the hearts and minds of generations to come.
Conclusion: Think of Take Me Home Tonight as Superbad set in the 1980s and that'll get you halfway to an understanding of what the film is like. It's not a great comedy, and doesn't really need to exist, but I have a feeling if it didn't get shelved for four years—while Hot Tub Time Machine beat it to the punch—it might have done better in theaters.
Conclusion: I really wanted to like 'Take Me Home Tonight,' but in the end it tries way too hard to be liked. It wants to ride the coattails of movies past, without creating an identity of its own. The audio and video presentations will keep you happy if you decide to watch, but the special features are a bit of a letdown. Since this was such an important movie to Grace I was sure he'd have put together an audio commentary for it. Alas, he didn't.
Excerpt: The Film The writers of That '70s Show took star Topher Grace out of one decade and put him into Take Me Home Tonight , a comedy that relies on retro to entertain the audience. Set in the summer of 1988, Matt Franklin (Grace) finds himself with an MIT degree and a full-time job at Suncoast Video. The only way he can win over his high school dream girl (Teresa Palmer) is to fake a job at Goldman Sachs and impress her at the biggest party of the year.
Conclusion: You don't need to be fond of the 1980s to enjoy Take Me Home Tonight , but it certainly helps. Though this nostalgic single night comedy will not secure the enduring recognition of American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused , it is quite a bit better the poor reviews, four-year shelving, and public avoidance all suggest.