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What doesn't work is how it is so eager to frighten without a protagonist to root for.
Suffering from an emotional collapse caused by catching her husband cheating on her and news that her father just suffered a heart attack a continent away, Claire(Amber Jaeger) gets in a cab and tells the driver, Thom(Sam Jaeger, of "Eli Stone" & "Parenthood" who also wrote, directed and produced), a broke and just recently homeless photographer, to drive. The following morning, after she gets over the shock of them being near Pittsburgh, she negotiates a fee for him to drive her the rest of the way to San Diego. That works out well until she loses her purse.
With a movie that starts off with as many cliches as "Take Me Home" does in the road movie department, it is kind of hard to overcome them. And then you have the giant lapses of logic like Claire's not wanting to fly even for her seriously ill father(although it is implied later that some reticence on her part might be understandable) and Thom's taking Claire's instruction to drive literally, in a straight line instead of around Central Park, then you have a seriously lost cause. On the other hand, the movie does have its moments and a sort of labor of love vibe, so it is hard to seriously hate it either.
For first time writer-director Sam Jaeger, "Take Me Home" is a fairly enjoyable cross country trip, romantic comedy that follows the same basic rom-com, buddy travel story ideas while producing some high caliber performances from unknowns Jaeger and his real-life wife Amber. Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, the characters do enough to hold one's attention while giving fake taxi cab rides or arguing about how they'll get money or whose fault it is that the cab broke down. Ultimately relying on a healthy balance between recycled ideas and some unique additions of its own, Jaeger does produce a successful first endeavor into film-making.
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