Take Me Home Tonight

March 4th, 2011

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Take Me Home Tonight

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Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.4/10 (18,860 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Michael Dowse

Stars: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler

It's the late 1980s, when Wall Street is riding high, and it seems as if the entire country is cashing in on the bumper profits. Disgusted with the materialism that surrounds him, Matt Franklin, a brilliant young MIT graduate, has walked out on his well-paid position at a local lab and taken a low-level job as a video clerk, much to his father Bill's consternation. And the crises keep piling up in Matt's life. His best buddy Barry has just gotten fired from his job, his brainy sister Wendy is getting hitched to her vapid boyfriend Kyle, and the gorgeous Tori Frederking, long-time object of Matt's unattainable adoration, is suddenly back in the picture. Now, on one wild, woolly and irresponsible evening, everything is coming to a head, with explosive results.

Writers: Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo

Topher Grace - Matt Franklin
Anna Faris - Wendy Franklin
Dan Fogler - Barry Nathan
Teresa Palmer - Tori Frederking
Chris Pratt - Kyle Masterson
Michael Biehn - Bill Franklin
Jeanie Hackett - Libby Franklin
Lucy Punch - Shelly
Michelle Trachtenberg - Ashley
Demetri Martin - Carlos
Michael Ian Black - Pete Bering
Bob Odenkirk - Mike
Angie Everhart - Trish Anderson
Jay Jablonski - Benji
Edwin Hodge - Bryce

Taglines: Best. Night. Ever.


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Release Date: 4 March 2011

Filming Locations: Metrocenter Mall - 9801 N. Metro Pkwy W., Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,464,679 (USA) (6 March 2011) (2003 Screens)

Gross: $6,923,891 (USA) (17 April 2011)

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Did You Know?

When Matt is talking with Tori at Suncoast Video, a movie poster can be seen behind Matt for the film American Graffiti, which followed a similar plot of one summer night in the lives of a group of California youths in the year 1962.

Anachronisms: Anachronisms: When Barry is fired and gets into Mike's sister's car, as they pull out immediately behind them is a Porsche 928 GTS - this model wasn't available until 1992; the correct model should have been an S4. The GTS model has a band of red reflector across the rear connecting the light clusters. The S4 (correct car for 1988) has none.

User Review

from 70s to 80s

Rating: 8/10

There was an attempt to follow up That 70s Show with a disastrous and thankfully short lived That 80s Show. This should have been it.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of the 80s movies about kids in high school/college. Take Me Home Tonight takes it a step forward going for 'what next?'. And it succeeds, while not going too serious and keeping it feel-good in the lines of the aforesaid movies. Topher Grace, one of the co-writers of the story, naturally fits into the character drawing from the perfection with which he fitted Eric Foreman of That 70s Show. You can't help feel this i exactly Eric in the 80s (apart from the fact that the character's apparently an MIT grad). One can't help notice the resemblance of Teressa Palmer to Kristen Stewart, but thankfully, she can act a bit. Rest of the cast fit their roles perfectly, with a huge cry to Chris Pratt and Dan Fogler.

Saw this movie at a free screening (woot!) followed by a Q&A session with Topher and Teressa where Topher said the first thing they did was make a mix-tape of 80s classics and then set on doing the story and henceforth. You totally get that, with some pretty rad soundtrack which brings a smile to all 80s fans.

All in all, went in expecting a no-brainer to get a good relief from the lab-work, got out pretty satisfied and rejuvenated. Sure it still is a no-brainer, but seeing it once in a while will bring a smile to the face. And I'm always up for reruns on headcramped days.

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