THE PLOT THUS FAR
Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Take Me Home Tonight” is set in the summer of 1988 after Matt Franklin (Grace) just graduated from MIT. Instead of pursuing a high paying career like his education entitles him to he takes a part time job as a video store clerk at the local Suncoast Video store in the mall, much to the disappointment of his father Bill (Biehn) who’s also a local police officer. Matt is scared and completely unsure of what he wants to do with his life, all until his old high school crush, Tori Fredreking (Palmer), comes back into town and into the store where he works. Matt lies to Tori and tells her he works for Goldman Sachs. Tori is impressed and invites him to a Labor Day party hosted by his twin sister Wendy’s (Faris) boyfriend Kyle Masterson (Pratt). Matt goes to the party with Wendy and his best friend Barry (Fogler) and all hell breaks loose when Barry steals a car from the dealership he was fired from the same day.
The movie really does have a classic 80’s nostalgic feel to it and like I said it feels like a movie out of that time period rather than just a comedic reference to it. The script is somewhat smart and emotional and the characters are really well developed. Topher Grace is very fitting as the film’s lead, Palmer looks beautiful and is equally fitting and Fogler is actually good for a change (he’s still not really that funny but he gives a decent performance). Faris isn’t bad as well and Pratt and Biehn (who’s the perfect 80’s icon touch, with nerds) give nice supporting performances. Take Me Home Tonight came as a shock to me, because of how enjoyable it was. It’s almost as if John Hughes had a divining hand in creating this film. If he were alive today, this is what one of his movies would look and feel like. My only issue with the film comes late in the game — the last twenty minutes. The resolution that the main character comes up with to win over the girl of his dreams just doesn’t make any sense.
The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes, a music jukebox featurette, music video and digital copy. For a film that took four years to hit theaters and a month to brutally die at the box office, FOX still lobbed a ton of special features at the movie. What’s even more impressive is the fact that the transfer is so crisp, while the DTS-HD track feels so flat. Outside of the mega ball rolling down the street, there aren’t any big moments for the film. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.