Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Take Me Home Tonight - DVD Review


Starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Michael Biehn, Lucy Punch, Demetri Martin and Michael Ian Black. Directed by Michael Dowse.

In a few years, are we going to get bombarded with 1990's nostalgia? But hey, if we're going to get 1980's nostaliga, great. Twas a fun decade.

This movie has many of the trappings of a Reagan-era jumble: the St. Elmo's Fire crew adrift with License to Drive longings and one-wild-night shenanigans. It centers on Matt (Topher Grace), an MIT grad implausibly adrift in life, working at a mall video store, but that day his old high-school crush (Teresa Palmer) walks in. He pretends to be just visiting the store, and that he's a Goldman Sachs employee, and she invites him to the "big party" tonight at his sister's boyfriend's house.

Matt invites his best friend Barry (Dan Fogler), and this best friend has been assembled from parts as varied as Curtis Armstrong, Corey Feldman and Mark Holton. Naturally they steal a car and find some cocaine inside. Barry partakes to give himself some courage for the night. He'll need it.

It all adds up to not much, same way many other comedies about high-schoolers/college kids do. Cast-wise Teresa Palmer acquits herself nicely as the epitome of The Girl, that seemingly unattainable princess who's really a little more inside, a combo of Amanda Peterson and Lea Thompson. Never cared much about Matt's plight, and I think that's more the script's fault than Topher's.

This was filmed in 2007, so it was weird to see a pre-Parks & Recreation Chris Pratt looking so young.

One final note: if you're going to name your movie after a song, you should probably feature that song in the movie somewhere. Remember Can't Buy Me Love? Opening credit song.

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