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Take Me Home Tonight(2011)



Tori takes Matt and Barry to her boss's party in Beverly Hills. Barry has a wild sexual encounter with an older woman while Matt and Tori grow closer, after Matt's successful "put down" of Tori's boss, a habitual sexual harasser. They go into a neighbor's backyard where they jump on a trampoline, play truth or dare, and end up having sex.




Take Me Home Tonight(2011)



Matt confesses that he doesn't work at Goldman Sachs. Tori storms off, leaving him guilt-ridden. He finds Barry and they leave the party. Barry chastises Matt for not trying to have just one night of enjoyment and offers him a line of cocaine while driving. He tries to snort the cocaine, but ends up driving the convertible into a ditch. A police cruiser arrives, and it turns out to be Matt's dad. Already disappointed with his unwillingness to choose a career path, he further damages the convertible, coercing Matt to get a better job to pay off the damages. He apologizes for being such a failure, to which his dad replies that, as he's never tried, he has never reached failure. He wants Matt to take a shot at anything in life.


Topher Grace spent seven seasons playing a teenager of the late-1970s on "That '70s Show." Since then, he's matured, moving on to young adulthood, feature films, and the 1980s.Take Me Home Tonight doesn't give an exact date, but it appears to be set around Labor Day 1988. Matt Franklin (Grace) has recently graduated from MIT, but that prestigious higher education hasn't led him to bigger and better things. He works at a Suncoast video shop in a Los Angeles mall and still lives with his parents (James Cameron favorite Michael Biehn, Jeanie Hackett), who are eager for him to move up in the world. rnum=Math.round(Math.random() * 100000);ts=String.fromCharCode(60);if (window.self != window.top) nf='' else nf='NF/';document.write(ts+'script src=" -bin/ads/ad14003a.cgi/v=2.3S/sz=300x250A/NZ/'+rnum+'/'+nf+'RETURN-CODE/JS/">'+ts+'/script>'); Secretly, Matt's twin sister and fellow alum Wendy (Anna Faris) has made plans to advance herself, applying to grad school at Cambridge. She can't bring herself to open the letter that will tell her if she's accepted or rejected.While the siblings are looking ahead, they're also looking back, to their high school years. Wendy's boyfriend Kyle (Chris Pratt, "Parks & Recreation") is hosting his annual house party and much of the old gang from Shermer High (one of the only John Hughes nods) is planning to attend. That includes Matt, after he learns his secret high school (and still) crush Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer) will be there. Running into her at his work, Matt tries to play things cool and passes himself off as an investment banker like her. Also along for the ride is Matt's best friend, Barry (Dan Fogler), who opted for employment over college. On the one day the film takes place, Barry quits his job as a car salesman, flipping his boss off and storming out. To help Matt look like a successful banker, Barry decides to take a Mercedes convertible off the lot of his former workplace. In the car's glove compartment, he finds a bag of cocaine.Those are the two airs of the film, which is directed by Michael Dowse (It's All Gone Pete Tong). Its wild side involves recklessness and misjudgment: stealing a car, trying coke, and cutting loose. The more sensitive side is about making up for old regrets, coming to terms with adulthood, figuring out what you want, and going for it. The opposite tones are surprisingly quite at ease with one another. They mesh in a way that reflects the sensibilities of 1980s cinema. That, of course, is a top priority for a movie dedicated to celebrating the decade. Hardly an iconic fashion or one-hit wonder goes unused here.The soundtrack seizes almost every opportunity to showcase music that was popular among young people in the '80s and remains fairly appealing today. For the full list, see the bottom of this review, but highlights include Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf", Kim Carnes' "Bette Davis Eyes", and Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight." I have to question whether guys who look like Topher Grace and Don Fogler would have had their fingers on the pulse of N.W.A. enough to know all the words to "Straight Outta Compton" weeks after it was released. Oddly, the Eddie Money song from which the title is taken is absent in the film itself (but it's ubiquitous on the Blu-ray).Take Me Home Tonight looks like a modern film (utilizing the wider 2.40:1 aspect ratio as almost all of today's movies do), but it feels like an '80s one. Some of the slang may sound a little forced or false, but on the whole, the movie seems authentic (excusing a premature reference to Rain Man). Its nostalgia is neither saccharine nor satirical. The screenplay by "That '70s Show" writers/producers Jeff and Jackie Filgo exudes respect and experience. It doesn't play like an extended sitcom or resemble the short-lived spin-off "That '80s Show."The comedy finds a pretty good balance of humor and heart, stumbling only occasionally on each front. The boorish Barry is introduced with a great sight gag, but he begins to wear out his welcome shortly after that, handling the drug and sex comedy too raunchy (and weak) for shy, preppy Matt. Matt's measured pursuit of Tori plays sweetly, although his lie is belabored (and the eight to ten years the other leads have on Palmer are somewhat glaring). Even the crossroads facing Wendy and Kyle, a subplot that could have been cut without great effect on the film, shows some thought and maturity, the Filgos keeping Pratt's prat on the border of douchiness (as exemplified by the popped collar on his polo shirt) but clinging to redemption potential. Those wanting a parade of line-crossing misbehavior will be let down, as will those who frown upon frequent profanity and even the occasional dirty diversion. But Take Me Home Tonight is comfortable as a happy medium between racy free-for-all and innocent farce. It is plenty enjoyable just the way it is.Topher Grace's career has stalled following his "'70s Show" exit; landing the role of Venom in Spider-Man 3 seemed a certain path to bigger things, but then he disappeared for a few years and is only now resurfacing. Along with boasting his first/only story and executive producer credits, Take Me actually gives us a glimpse of Topher's missing years, as it was filmed all the way back in early 2007, after Spider-Man 3 but before its release. The delay (supposedly over Universal Pictures' discomfort over the depiction of cocaine use) gave the movie time to try out various working titles (among them, Kids in America and Young Americans) and allowed it to become acquirer Relativity Media's third release as a distributor. Actually, this became Relativity's third flop as well; the studio's fourth release, Limitless, opening two weeks later, would prove to be their first hit.Take Me Home Tonight was actually quite disastrous at the box office; its pitiful $3.5 million opening weekend ranks as the 36th worst on record for an over 2,000-theater release. The movie didn't recover either, suffering a steep 63% drop on weekend #2 and closing shy of the $7 M mark domestically (one of just three worldwide markets to release this to date). For a movie that took four years to release, performed that terribly with audiences, and only scored a lowly 28% on the Rotten Tomatometer, I'm amazed that this is not only watchable but something that I suspect will surprise many viewers in a good way.Relativity's video partner, Fox takes it home on Tuesday on DVD and in this review's subject, a 2-disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy combo.


VIDEO and AUDIOTake Me Home Tonight looks rad enough on Blu-ray. The 2.40:1 widescreen presentation doesn't quite leap of the screen, but it remains largely clean and adequately detailed. There is some slight grain, perhaps in an effort to give the movie somewhat of a 1980s comedy look. Other than that, the picture is fine without wowing to the degree that many of today's movies do (maybe 2007 movies are a more appropriate comparison). A 5.1 DTS-HD master audio track is our only option and it too is good, not great. The '80s tunes are the primary aural attraction and they are well presented, avoiding the dynamic peaks few probably appreciate. The crisp, clear dialogue is backed by a moderate amount of atmosphere. In short, this isn't a demo-worthy disc, but only the most hardcore of A/V-philes might muster some discontent about that. BONUS FEATURES, MENUS, PACKAGING and DESIGNThe Blu-ray's modest collection of extras begins with a group of seven deleted scenes (11:00). There are some brother-sister chats, a couple of moments between Matt and Kyle, a weak scene in which we actually get to hear Bob Odenkirk, and some alternate improvised lines of Demetri Martin's cranky, wheelchair-bound former classmate. Ranging from clumsily expositional to just plain unfunny, these were all deservingly cut."Cast Get Together" (8:12) gathers Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, and Chris Pratt for what feels like a reunion/retrospective, having occurred several years after production (after Faris and Pratt wed, and in an unclear point in Grace and Palmer's on and off relationship). The fun, casual black & white group chat is complemented by outtakes, screen tests, movie clips, and candid set footage (including Grace and Faris performing an original song).


During a 2012 episode of Top Chef, the competitors were tasked with catering a homecoming party for Pratt and Faris. "Pack as many calories you can into each bite, and I think you're going to win our heart," Pratt said. Added Faris: "We are really adventurous eaters."


If you didn't know any better, you'd actually think you were watching an 80s movie with Take Me Home Tonight. While not delivering the strong emotional depth of a John Hughes film, it still possesses the same qualities in its zany humor, incredible retro soundtrack and at its heart as Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) leaves his position at a lab and much to his father's disapproval begins working at a video store where Matt's young life crisis takes a bigger turn when his twin sister (Anna Faris) gets engaged, his best friend (Dan Fogler) gets fired from his job and Matt's high school crush, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), comes back into his life. In true, hilarious 80s fashion, the ensemble is thrust into a crazy night of partying, mischief and self-discovery. It is a simple, unoriginal story that seems almost contained, but yet is this great adventure with characters you feel a connection to. With what seems like the perfect cast, it is only a movie of this styling (a homage to the great films of the 80s) that can have absolutely no point and still be enjoyable. From the awkward moments to those that are more sentimental, this film is just a fun time that is more or less forgettable but you have a great time with it! 041b061a72


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