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Take Me Home Tonight (Review)

Nostalgia-drenched setting can't save this cliched dud

By Jason Gargano · March 8th, 2011 · Movies

Written by the people behind That ’70s Show, this late-’80s-set tale takes place over one night in the lives of several recent college grads/former high school classmates (Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer, an emerging Australian actress who has a striking resemblance to Kristen Stewart) who are trying to decide what to do with their lives.

Michael Dowse makes his feature directorial debut with a cliche-ridden coming-of-age comedy that is content to rip off a variety of like-minded ’80s cinematic touchstones —�from the far more involving films of John Hughes to Say Anything to Fast Times at Ridgemont High —�rather than to do or say anything remotely new or interesting (though the Belushi-lite Fogler is amusingly committed as a coke-fueled whirlwind). Take Me Home Tonight, which opens with a shot of a boombox playing “Video Killed the Radio Star” and closes with a lame cover of “Don't You Want Me,” douses itself in period detail but fails to put forth compelling, fully-fleshed characters. Grade: D



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