Saturday, March 5, 2011
The biggest question that going through my mind was why TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT needed to be an 80's movie? During my head scratching; however, I was glad the movie wasn't self aware of being an 80's movie like THE WEDDING SINGER (which I like). Sadly TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT no more represented the 80's than televisions THAT 70's SHOW did the 70's! I mention this not as a nitpick but just as noticing the frivolous use of dates and timelines. The plot points and pop culture references made in TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT would set it somewhere between 1988 and 1989 and I am going to say the movie is set in '89. Where I'm going with this is that maybe a little detail might of made the film a little more nostalgic? Sometimes fashion, movie posters, and music don't cut it.
Here's the skinny. College grad and video store clerk Matt still hasn't figured out what he wants to do with his life. His biggest hang up is that he never told his high school crush Tori that he loved her. One day destiny gives him one last shot when Tori shops at the video store and the two get reacquainted. Matt now can finally ask Tori what he's wanted to say since high school at a party they are both going to later that night!
I love this type of genre! Some of my favorite movies are FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, SIXTEEN CANDLES, SAY ANYTHING, DAZED AND CONFUSED, and SUPERBAD. It's just that TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT wasn't very good. Uninteresting (but funny) characters, plot point dialogue, and weak 80's nostalgia. I'm also a fan of the “dream girl” plot device but this movie made me realize how silly a plot device it is. This genre can still work, just take a look at last years SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE, which if you have not seen I highly highly recommend!
I honestly can't recommend movie theater price for TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, wait for Redbox or even Netflix Instant Watch. If it's 80's nostalgia you're looking for then seek out HOT TUB TIME MACHINE and ADVENTURELAND.