Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, Dan Fogler
Director: Michael Dowse
The nostalgia movie has become quite popular in recent years with the likes of Hot Tub Time Machine and Take Me Home Tonight is the latest addition to that genre.
Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin (Grace) should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood.
Instead, the directionless 23-year-old confounds family and friends by taking a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.
But Matt’s silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking (Palmer), walks into the store.
When she invites him to an epic, end-of-summer party, Matt thinks he finally might have a chance with the girl of his dreams.
With his cynical twin sister Wendy (Faris) and best friend Barry (Fogler), Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening.
Ok I can see what Dowse is trying to achieve he wants to make a feel good eighties movie - but all the movie really concentrates on it the big hair, outrageous fashion and the eighties soundtrack.
Sadly there is little to like about this movie - mainly because the characters are wafer thin and nothing actually happens; which is always a bit of downer where a movie is concerned.
Basically the movie is just one great big party and it plays for laughs that it never really achieves.
The characters are not developed and they are so obnoxious that you couldn’t really give a hoot about them - and a talented cast really are totally wasted.
The only think that is a hit for this film is the soundtrack - which is a real shame. This could have been one of the more original movies of 2011 instead is a hollow and underwhelming movie that does little to remember the time in which it is set.
Take Me Home Tonight is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw