Take Me Home Tonight (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)



Critic Consensus: It has a charming sweetness about it, but Take Me Home Tonight is neither funny nor original enough to live up to the comedies it evokes.

Movie Info

Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic and ultimately touching blast from the past set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits. 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. -- (C) Relativitymore
Rating: R (for language, sexual content and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Dowse, Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 19, 2011
Box Office: $6.9M
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Topher Grace
as Matt Franklin
Anna Faris
as Wendy Franklin
Dan Fogler
as Barry Nathan
Teresa Palmer
as Tori Frederking
Chris Pratt
as Kyle Masterson
Michael Biehn
as Bill Franklin
Jeanie Hackett
as Libby Franklin
Lucy Punch
as Shelly
Michael Ian Black
as Pete Bering
Angie Everhart
as Trish Anderson
Robert Hoffman
as Tyler "Dance Machine...
Ryan Bittle
as Rick Herrington
Bruce Nelson
as Officer Frank Johnso...
Erin Eisenhower
as Tyler's Girlfriend
Clement von Francken...
as Francis Triebverbrec...
Kyle Gonnell
as D.J. Rubik's
Dustin James
as That Loser Who Alway...
Megan Mieduch
as Betsy's Friend
Diana Newton
as Popular Girl
Michael Rolland
as Party Guy
Josh Smith
as Rocker Dude
Annie Boon
as Crying Girl
Dany Wolf
as Guest at Banker Part...
Wil Daly
as Guest at Banker Part...
Roxanne Lauren Knous...
as Guest at Banker Part...
Richie Keen
as Guest at Banker Part...
Darla Haun
as Record Store Manager
Chien Yang
as Korean Man
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Critic Reviews for Take Me Home Tonight

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (32)

This unfunny comedy isn't worth leaving home for.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Just a standard, dull pseudo-teen comedy that just happens to take place in the '80s.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

Ten years too late -- for the movie, the actors playing the roles in the movie. It's "Hot Tub Time Machine" without the time machine or the hot tub. Or the fun.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Tribune News Service

Take Me Home Tonight is a much deeper, dramatic movie than most give it credit for. And it's also a hoot, too - largely thanks to Dan Fogler and the amusing cameo appearances.

Full Review… | January 29, 2012

Pap in service of wistfulness about a time period now thoroughly mocked to death.

Full Review… | September 12, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

This 80s-nostalgic comedy relies too much on its big hair and bright clothes and not enough on getting inside the head of its characters.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

Audience Reviews for Take Me Home Tonight

Another teen angst movie, except the characters are a little older, and the plot is a stretch. The whole point of teen angst movies is to mature and discover yourself, but this movie is not as interesting or funny as others in this genre

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Ok, the only reason I started watching this was for Anna Faris, but she didn't even have any comedy scenes!! My favorite parts of the film were the ones between Topher Grace (who, for some reason, I feel like is...getting older and weirder?) and the blonde girl, but calling something "favorite" is kinda stretching it, more like, the "only tolerable parts."

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


Part comedy, part drama, and part romance, Michael Dowse's Take Me Home Tonight is just that and nothing more.What hurts this picture the most is the predictability and lack of depth with the plot. It isn't atrocious by any means, as the 90 minute story basically spans a single night, which tends to draw some interest. Other than that, there isn't much else that stands out.As usual the laughs are hit or miss, with a good portion of it driven with sexuality, drugs, and drinking. On the other hand, the soundtrack is quite amusing, as it goes with the late '80s setting.Topher Grace only does so much, but for what it's worth he is able to front this film. Dan Fogler frequently pops in and out as the comic relief, which mentioned earlier is hit or miss. The lovely Teresa Palmer is a pleasure to view on screen. It's a good thing she has a bunch of air time. Anna Faris ends up a bit underused.Take Me Home Tonight seemingly gets by when all is said and done. Chance it and move on.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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