“Take Me Home Tonight” delivers what few comedies manage to deliver nowadays, great humour with a genuine heart at the center.
It’s the story (set in the late 80’s) of Matt (Topher Grace), a lost and confused guy who is unsure of where to go next in life. He works at a video rental store where he meets his highschool crush Tori (Teresa Palmer) for the first time in a long time. He pretends to be a successful banker to impress her and intends to meet her at a big party that’s happening that night. Matt’s twin sister is also in a lost state as she contemplates wheather to move to England to study or to stay in hometwon with her current boyfriend.
The charm of “Take Me Home Tonight” lies in its type of humour. It does stray into American Pie style humour in spots, but for the most part it’s a very dialogue based comedy that doesn’t rely on gross out humour to get laughs. Toper Grace is terrific as usual as the unconfident average guy who wants to get the girl. His chemistry with Teresa Palmer is perfect, as both seem like genuine people who deserve to end up together.
Dan Fogler plays Grace’s friend, a friend who’s lost his job and is spiralling out of control. Fogler is used well here and his character is sympathetic even as he does some crazy things. Fogler delivers some of the more physical humour where as Grace works with some truly genius dialogue to get his laughs, such as the scene where he pokes fun at Tori’s perverted boss. The smart script doesn’t always produce laugh out loud moments but it does leave you with a massive smile on your face at the end of each scene.
“Take Me Home Tonight” is terrific summer comedy that has a group of underrated actors in its lead roles. It also has a terrific 80’s soundtrack that includes Motley Crue, The Buggles and Pete Townsend. MY VIDEO REVIEW BELOW.