Monday, August 22, 2011

Take Me Home Tonight

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Take Me Home Tonight - 2 out of 5

Ah, the party movie...a staple in the world of Hollywood. It is such a common sight to see a film that is about some up and coming young adults who are so afraid of the future they decide to party all night long and have adventures that can only exist within the world of cinema. In the case of Take Me Home Tonight, the party takes place in the 80's.

According to IMDb.com, the film took nearly 4 years to be released and, after watching it, I could have waited another 4. Topher Grace stars as Matt Franklin--a young man uncertain with what he should do with his future. Well, after spotting a girl he had a crush on when he was in high school, he decides to take his sister (Anna Faris) and his best bud (Dan Fogler) and hit a party where she'll be and finally make his move. Occasionally, the film offers up a couple of funny sequences but, for the most part, the movie is just meh.

"I know, I can't believe I was cast as Venom, too!"

The story is something we've seen over and over and over and over again and the jokes aren't nearly as hard-hitting as they need to be to cover up the cliche runaround the movie gives us. Overall, the film feels like VH1 took I Love the 80's and made it into an hour and a half film as the focus is clearly on cramming as many references it can to the "Me" decade. Wild hair, Madonna bracelets, sport coats with the sleeves pulled up and slim ties alongside many, many cocaine references pretty much makes up what you see in this one. Then, about an hour into the film, the movie realizes that it needs to show some emotion and character development and the 80's commentary is put on hold.

"Bitch don't even."

With very few jokes and a huge emphasis on stuffing as many 80's pop culture references that would make a hack stand up comic shake his head in disapproval, Take Me Home Tonight is a film that can't even be saved by its fantastic soundtrack.

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