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MOVIE REVIEW: Take Me Home Tonight

Another trip back to the 80s, this time with Topher Grace & Dan Fogler.

  • Take Me Home Tonight
  • Take Me Home Tonight
  • Take Me Home Tonight
  • Take Me Home Tonight
  • Dan Fogler as Barry Nathan and Angie Everhart in "Take Me Home Tonight."
  • A scene from "Take Me Home Tonight."
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This is the second movie in the last few years that’s had an Eddie Money song for a title (Two Tickets to Paradise is the other), that doesn’t have the song played anywhere in the movie. All the other songs are what you’d expect from a movie that’s taking place in 1988….INXS, Duran Duran, Motley Crue, and lots of one-hit wonders.

The story takes place four years after high school (with very clever opening credits showing a yearbook come to life). Some of the students have their own businesses, some are going to graduate school, and some (well, Topher) still live with their parents and work at Suncoast Video. His smart twin sister bugs him about the high school crush that got away, and his dad bugs him for not having a real job after graduating from MIT (side note: what’s with MIT students not having good jobs in movies? Remember Will Hunting working as a janitor?)

Topher’s best friend has a job. Well, through the first part of the film. He’s played by Dan Fogler, who was surprisingly funny in the bad comedy Balls of Fury, and is very entertaining in this. There’s a scene where you think he’s going to get into a fight with somebody at a party and it becomes a dance-off. A couple of comedic actors have small roles (Demetri Martin, Michael Ian Black, Bob Odenkirk). And Lucy Punch continues her streak of playing slutty women (she did inDinner forSchmucksandYou’ll Meet a Tall Dark Stranger). This time she does it without the British accent.

There might not be a single original thing in this movie, but you still watch it with a smile on your face and laugh often. It’s baffling that the critics have been so harsh on it. Critics are also saying it’s a bad take on a John Hughes film. I disagree; this is one of the few contemporary teen comedies that is like a Hughes film. It has heart and humor.Take Me Home Tonight isn’t as good as the Adventureland or Easy A, but it’s on par with Hot Tub Time Machine…which makes me wonder…are all teen comedies now going to take place in the 80s?

I’m giving this a B-.