I know that the whole coming-of-age dramedy has been done before and it manages to combine it with the familiar plot line of one crazy night at a party that manages to change the lives of those involved has been done to death. This movie even manages to mine all the typical laughs using the standard 1980's clichés such as the questionable hair styles and questionable fashion from that era.
Even still, Take Me Home Tonight still manages to entertain and it has its charms that makes it worth viewing and here is why:
Topher Grace: Movie Star?
Topher Grace plays Matt Franklin, a talented MIT graduate who is unsure of what he wants to do with his life. Upon returning from college, he takes a job at Suncoast Video and runs into the girl of his dream, Tori Fredreking (Teresa Palmer), while working. Trying to impress her, he tells her that he is working at Goldman Sachs. This causes Matt, along with his twin sister Wendy (Anna Farris) and his best friend Barry (Dan Fogler) to go to Wendy's boyfriend, Kyle's (Chris Pratt) Labor Day party in hopes to seduce Tori.
Topher Grace is excellent in this role because he makes Matt Franklin's journey throughout the night so relatable. He conveys the paralyzing fear of failure Matt Franklin is experiencing at this point in his life that he feels it is safer to not take a chance, but with the help of his family and friends over the course of one crazy night, he learns to move forward.
The Music is Rad!
Even if you aren't interested in the plot line, like all movies based in the 80's, the movie boasts a great soundtrack which besides the song the movie is named after, it is also highlighted by a great remix of Let My Love Open the Door by Peter Townshend and a cover of Don't You Want Me covered by Atomic Tom and has a great music video that pays homage to various 1980's films.
Michael Biehn is in it!
Daniel Ng is an intern at the Atherton and Brisbane Library. He loves the 80's!