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2000s, Comedy - YA

Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

TakeMe Home

Duration 1h 37m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Michael Dowse
Writers/Script Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo (Sotry by Topher Grace, Gordon Kaywin)
Starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michael Biehn, Lucy Punch, Bob Odenkirk

Elevator Pitch: Matt is an MIT graduate who, to his father’s frustration, has not taken up some high flying profession, but instead is working in a video store. However everything changes when his high school crush, Tori, walks in. He manages to disguise his work activity and pretends to be working for Goldman Sachs. She invites him to a party. Meanwhile his friend Barry is fired by the motor dealership for who he works, but steals a Mercedes to go to the party. They find coke in the glove compartment and so the scene is set.

Content: The friends go to two parties, one given by a fellow ex student and the other given by Tori’s boss in Beverly Hills. There is drinking, coke snorting, some female nudity and a bit of sex. Matt’s dad, who is a policeman tells his son off quite often. The pair drive about in the Mercedes and attend the parties, so effectively the whole film takes place over one night, dusk till dawn. There is a lot of moderately smart chat between the young people and a climax involving a large metal ball rolling down a hill. All accompanied by quite a bit of eighties music.

A View: This outing was not really much liked by the critics. It seems to have been a project by Topher Grace, and its one saving point is that the young men are quite nice guys, which makes a change. Other than that there was not too much other than the music to recommend it. In fact one of the videos available on IMDb, featuring the music which was played over the closing credits, is probably better than the film. So probably a watch for nothing while doing something else.

Additional Info: The fim was held on the shelf for four years until released in 2011. It lost a lot of money.

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