Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

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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.

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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 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) Relativity
Rating:
R (for language, sexual content and drug use)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

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
Edwin Hodge
as Bryce
Robert Hoffman (X)
as Tyler "Dance Machine" Jones
Ryan Bittle
as Rick Herrington
Bruce Nelson
as Officer Frank Johnson
Seth Gabel
as Brent
James Sharpe
as Steven
Erin Eisenhower
as Tyler's Girlfriend
Clement von Franckenstein
as Francis Triebverbrecher
Kyle Gonnell
as D.J. Rubik's³
Dustin James
as That Loser Who Always Shows Up at the Party With a Guitar
Joe Jones
as Jake
Richard Meek
as Arnold
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 Party
Wil Daly
as Guest at Banker Party
Roxanne Lauren Knouse
as Guest at Banker Party
Richie Keen
as Guest at Banker Party
Darla Haun
as Record Store Manager
Chien Yang
as Korean Man
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Critic Reviews for Take Me Home Tonight

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (32)

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

Full Review… | May 10, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

This low-powered, amiable, stunningly unimportant movie is essentially one long, noisy party (set in two houses).

March 13, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

"Take Me Home Tonight" is not a bad movie. In fact, it's pretty good. It's just unnecessary.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It's formulaic at best - and even that formula isn't always thought through.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Drinking jokes. Sex jokes. Wild antics. Sincere looks. Nothing goes on here that hasn't gone on -- and gone on better -- in other movies.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

A dirge of a comedy...

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

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
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
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

½

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
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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