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Take Me Home Tonight (2011)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 113
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 81

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.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 22

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.



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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


Drama, Comedy

Jul 19, 2011


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It's an amiable but slow slice of nostalgia: think 'Hot Tub Time Machine' meets 'Superbad' - without the big laughs.

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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This low-powered, amiable, stunningly unimportant movie is essentially one long, noisy party (set in two houses).

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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"Take Me Home Tonight" is not a bad movie. In fact, it's pretty good. It's just unnecessary.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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It's formulaic at best - and even that formula isn't always thought through.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Drinking jokes. Sex jokes. Wild antics. Sincere looks. Nothing goes on here that hasn't gone on -- and gone on better -- in other movies.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
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A dirge of a comedy...

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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This unfunny comedy isn't worth leaving home for.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

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

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-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.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

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

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

As enjoyable as the soundtrack and general nostalgia of this film is, it just doesn't rise above wannabe status.

August 23, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...a better-than-expected bit of '80s nostalgia...

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A tonally uneasy mish-mash of stale slapstick and naïve representations of drug use.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Eddie Money deserves better than this.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

[Director] Dowse's film is so formula that it is aimlessly predictable...

June 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Grace is particularly wet, lacking the charisma or the charm to pull off the shy nerd-at-heart routine needed to convince you he could actually win the girl of his dreams.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Not a journey to the end of the night that I'd recommend.

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

This 1980s-set comedy was shot in 2007 and has been sitting on the shelf ever since. The damn thing's so old it's almost retro twice over.

May 14, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

So bad, it's almost good... if certainly not great.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

80s nostalgia as a thing is so ten years ago... just about the time that the 33-year-old Topher Grace would have been the right age to play [this] just-out-of-college, I-dunno-what-to-do-with-myself whiner...

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comment (1)
Flick Filosopher

It's a dispiriting mess throughout.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Refreshingly, for a comedy of any decade, the characters are all likable, particularly Grace who gives his best performance since 2004's overlooked rom-com In Good Company.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Like a lot of fun nights out, you might enjoy it but won't remember a thing.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Who ever thought we'd care?

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for Take Me Home Tonight

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."
April 20, 2012

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.
April 20, 2012
JY Skacto

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This film sucked. I mean I didn't expect much, so I guess I'm not too disappointed.

The overall film was really unoriginal, predictable and cheesy. The writing was absolutely terrible. No one talks like that in real life. The awkward scenes were indeed awkward, but it was like unnecessarily awkward. If the characters in the movie acted like normal people then there wouldn't have been any stupid awkward scenes. The awkward scenes weren't even funny they were just dumb. There were a few funny parts that made me laugh, but that was it.

The end was really predictable. After it was over, I couldn't believe I actually sat through the entire thing. It was really stupid.
November 19, 2011
Japes .

Super Reviewer

Matt Franklin: We're all trying to be something that were not. But tonight all of that changes. Tonight, I'm not afraid. Tonight, I got one thing to say to all that bullshit. Fuck it. 

"Best. Night. Ever."

For the most part, Take Me Home Tonight is an unfunny and awkward comedy that tries to live solely off of 80's nostalgia. Sure the movie has moments where the comedy works and moments where the audience is cheering for Matt to get the incredibly hot, out of his league Tori. But for most of the movie I was just sitting there thinking that this had nothing new to offer viewers and even the reused plot and jokes weren't pulled off as well as they have been.

The plot is of a young and pretty brilliant guy. He has just graduated from M.I.T. Instead of going and getting a career, he is afraid to move on with his life and instead decides to work at a local video store. Then he runs into his high school crush and decides to go to a party in order to pursue her. From there the plot is extremely typical and does absolutely nothing new.

The movie features a good 80's soundtrack, booze, cocaine and a little sex. It isn't an outrageously raunchy comedy and instead tries to create laughs with its loser protagonist. I can appreciate that, but it would have been nice if any of the situations that Matt was put in were funny. Some moments had the feeling like they were going to be hilarious, but as the scenes progressed, they never made it to that point. 

Still this movie is slightly better than I thought it was going to be. The only reason I watched it in the first place was Teresa Palmer.
November 16, 2011
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

    1. Bill Franklin: Matt, take a shot at something. Don't think about it too much. Just take the shot.
    2. Matt Franklin: I don't even know where to aim.
    3. Bill Franklin: Anywhere! Everywhere! Just take wild shots! Hell, at something just to hear the gun go off.
    – Submitted by Eushilia C (2 years ago)
    1. Ashley: Your dance was cool. It was like anti-dancing.
    – Submitted by Eushilia C (2 years ago)
    1. Matt Franklin: That looks suicidal. [after looking at the ball]
    – Submitted by Daniel R (2 years ago)
    1. Party Guy: Nice shades, asshole!
    – Submitted by Desmond E (3 years ago)
    1. Matt Franklin: I guess my plan is to keep working at Sun Coast Video, until I figure out what I want to do with my life.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Barry Nathan: It could be worse.
    2. Matt Franklin: It couldn't be any worse.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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