Wednesday, July 13, 2011

“TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT” Movie Review. A RAUCOUS and BAWDY Comedy? You wish.


Whichever direction the wind blows, “TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT” ain’t going to bring home any Oscars.

Production of this film wrapped in 2007.

Universal Studios unceremoniously shelved the American retro comedy due to a “no-confidence” vote on its youthful content and treatment of cocaine abuse, until its theatrical release now, in 2011.

That’s a lonesome 4 years squirming in “cold storage”.

Not that it’s not a deserving film, it has its merits.

True, the title “TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT” sounds a wee insipid.

Film critics in the West already had a field day lauding it with lukewarm reviews, or gleefully shredding it to bits. But that’s in the West.

Over in the East, things may palpitate in a different way. We have seen worse stuff.

The movie is set in the summer of 1988 and exploits TOPHER GRACE as Matt, an under achieving graduate.

Matt works in the local video store, is clueless about his career path.

One day, his high school crush Toni Fredreking (TERESA PALMER) sashays into the store.

It’s love reborn outright and Matt ditches his uniform and pretends to be a banker in order to woo her.

He continues the deception and they both wind up at a riotous party hosted by the boyfriend (CHRIS PRATT) of Matt’s twin sister Wendy (ANNA FARIS)

The entire film takes place within a single night at two Labour Day parties.

The first caters to middle-class kids with attitude, having a final brawl.

The other is for snooty, up-and-coming executives who already inherited their first million in the bank by virtue of rich parents.

The movie drums an outcry on ambition, life choices and individualism with bludgeoning crudity.

You are treated to the film’s rock and rollicking ’80s soundtrack.

The movie has some fine moments in capturing the fun of the decade with shiny attire, zany colors and retro dance moves.

“TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT” bags some funny moments.

Yeah, everyone can only be young once.

In part a raucous and bawdy comedy, it can be perceived as didactic to some point.

In life there’s always a saving grace when we fall.

We pick ourselves up and simply plod on.

We give ourselves a second chance.


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