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Take Me Home Tonight [DVD]

Teresa Palmer , Anna Faris , Michael Dowse    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Teresa Palmer, Anna Faris, Topher Grace, Michelle Trachtenberg, Lucy Punch
  • Directors: Michael Dowse
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0068VO25E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One last blowout before reality sets in: it's Labour Day 1988, and although they graduated from high school four years earlier, the kids from the class of '84 get together for a party that will surely (because we're watching a movie about it) settle old scores and kindle new romance. But a little creative improvisation will be necessary for Matt Franklin (Topher Grace, who also co-produced and co-wrote the story), who is wasting his degree from MIT on a summer job at Suncoast Video; he's just told his secret high-school crush (Teresa Palmer) that he works for Goldman Sachs--and she's going to be at the party. Throw in Matt's loud and newly unemployed buddy (Dan Fogler), who has just found a baggie of cocaine in the glove compartment of the car he "borrowed" from his former job, as well as Matt's ambivalent sister (Anna Faris, not quite unleashed enough), and the ingredients are there for an epic night. That's clearly the intention for this movie, and while the ideas are all in place, its grasp of comedy and drama feels generally forced. Forced in its song list, too: all the lumbering behemoths of '80s rock are rolled out, from "Der Kommissar" to Dexy's Midnight Runners. For anybody with a nostalgia jones for the 1980s, there are enough funny bits along the way to justify a look, and the supporting cast has its share of craziness: Chris Pratt as the clueless host of the party, Demetri Martin as a disgruntled classmate, Michael Ian Black as the dream girl's douche-bag boss. And any movie that sets Balls of Fury cutup Fogler on a toot will not lack in energy. But nope, Take Me Home Tonight falls short of the realm of American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused, to which it obviously aspires, and no amount of Wang Chung on the soundtrack is going to hide that. --Robert Horton

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brings back Memories! 19 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Plot-line and story took a back seat for me in this '80s throwback. As a bit of a party animal myself back then, it should reverberate with similarities and happy memories, but it doesn't.

The cars, yes, especially the red Merc convertible and the fashion (yes, even I used to roll up my jacket sleeves, like Matt (Topher Grace)) but even more so, the music that it is played out like a non-stop jukebox.

On the downside are the mostly unlikeable characters, who are largely vapid and colourless. Of course (why of course?) they're all self-centred and out only for themselves. No doubt, the capitalist 1980s were often about that, along with over-used and tiresome coke-taking scenes, but for a change, it'd be refreshing to have a film set in this era that showed the good side of human nature, instead.

Teresa Palmer is gorgeous, sure and understandably the desire of Matt, his pursuit of her being one of the driving forces of the movie. Unobtainable beauties were a feature for many '80s guys, including mine, so that rings true as well as adding some enjoyable eye candy. When Matt comes clean to her about his real job, not with Goldman Sachs but a video store clerk, is she too infatuated with his status and not him? Is she shallow enough to only want him when she thought he had money?

I'm afraid this movie had too many bumps, too many overplayed, unfunny shouting matches and generally an uneven tone, for me to enjoy. Is it a comedy, or a drama? Or, like the night of partying that we've endured, just a bit of a pain....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Whether you loved or loathed "Take Me Home Tonight" and its 'let’s focus on the worst of the Eighties' settings - is a matter of taste.

But if you're buying the film on the new fangled format - be aware that the 'US' BLU RAY on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped for 'all regions' (which few are).

Stick with the UK variant instead - it's just as cheap and visually looks the part too.
Or go for “Hot Tub Time Machine” which is so much funnier in a great 1980’s way…
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars '80s Nostalgia 9 Sep 2011
It seems Hollywood's affection for the `80s is as strong as ever. After last year's Hot Tub Time Machine and surprisingly good Karate Kid remake comes Take Me Home Tonight; a film which seeks to encapsulate every hit film of the decade in one.

Taking place over one full day (The Breakfast Club), Michael Dowse's film brings us the tale of lovable loser Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) who steals a car (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and fakes a job (Secret of My Success) in a bid to impress high school sweetheart Tori (Teresa Palmer) at a reunion party.

Stuck working for a local video store after graduating from MIT, it's no surprise when his alter-ego actually starts working, meaning that Matt is going to not only have to declare the truth by the time the night's out but face up to it too.

While TMHT never threatens to be an accurate portrayal of the decade - it could have been set in any era - it does evoke some nice memories for those still pining for shoulder pads and disco pop. Cleverly casting an action star of the time (Michael Biehn) as Matt's Dad, Dowse does a decent job of capturing the decade's frivolity and containing the plot to one night meaning there's little time to lose focus on what is, effectively, just one extended party sequence.

As Matt, Topher Grace is as likeable as ever, moving on from That `70s Show into the following decade with ease while Palmer and Dan Fogler as Matt's buddy Barry bring the glamour and humour; the latter grabbing the best scenes involving an unwanted sexual advance and a delayed airbag. However, as Matt's sister Wendy, Anna Faris is lumbered with a dull sub-plot that means her comic talents are never utilised in a film which makes up in heart what it lacks in laughs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Home is Where the Hurt Is 11 Nov 2013
Nostalgia is a powerful tool in films, but it also breeds laziness. Why bother making an authentic experience, when you can drape a bit of set dressing to cover the holes. People who are in the know can see through these lazy efforts in seconds and when a film is based only 25 years ago, this is a large proportion of the audience. `Take Me Home Tonight' is a romantic caper comedy, set during the 80s. An 80s that a lot of us lived through, but not the one on show here. There are numerous issues with the film, only one of them being the fact it shows the 80s in a lazy stereotypical way. If you are going to do this, go the whole hog like `The Wedding Singer' or `Hot Tub Time Machine'. `Home' tries at times to be authentic, but ends up being embarrassing.

The levels of unease for the viewer are not helped by the age of the cast. They are playing recent graduates, but many of them were probably shaving in the 80s. Twins Topher Grace and Anna Faris are easily in their 30s. You could get away with this, if the love interest was not a decade younger - creepy. Miscasting could be forgiven if the script was strong; it is not. The film does have a lazy 80s feel to it, that could be considered homage to the era, or lazy script writing. Things happen to people in one night; no one really cares.

For a comedy, there a precious few laughs in `Home'. Where they are found is in Dan Fogler's role as the best friend. He is allowed to play the fool and hams it up to a level that hides the weak script. Fogler is an actor bubbling around the outskirts of Hollywood, roles like this and in `Hannibal' suggests that there is a good actor here. Fogler aside, the cast is a little unsympathetic and they are not helped by a poor script. This is one film that should have been left in a drawer for another 25 years.

DVD is perfectly acceptable as there is not a huge amount to be gained from High Definition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take Me Home Tonight review
Great Film, one of my all time favorites, loved the retro feel to it and loved matt franklins character
definatley recommend
Published 13 months ago by Aamir Q
3.0 out of 5 stars tonight
fair family comedy .with plenty of light huemar.still good entertainment .just enough to stop you from getting bored .its ok
Published 13 months ago by G. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie iv'e watched
brilliant film loved the nostalgia feel of the 80's
love Topher and Teresa both are amazing actors
one of my favorite movies
dan fogler is the best
Published 19 months ago by Jahid Miah
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Take This Home Tonight
A nostalgia film that manages to feel like a film that is in no way related to the 1980s, why is this film set in the 1980s? Read more
Published 22 months ago by ekb
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont.. dont you want me?
If you love the random 80s vibe of John Hughes with a slight slap-stick feel you'll love this as I do!
Published on 24 July 2012 by SammiLiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
i saw this film on HMV website and i only purchased it because i enjoyed Topher Grace in that 70's show so i thought id give it a try, its based over one night in 1988 about a guy... Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by W.Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars An 80's extravaganza
Take Me Home Tonight features Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) as Matt Franklin a recent MIT graduate who has ended up working in Sun-coast Video store. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by J. Morris
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