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....