Imagine a sequel to ‘That 70’s Show’; now imagine that sequel in the form of a feature length film. Done? Well, aright then. Michael Dowse’s ‘Take Me Home Tonight’, starring Topher Grace, reminds audiences about why people love the eighties. If you’re in the mood for a nostalgic fueled romp amidst a time ridden with tacky clothing and cocaine, then here you go.

Two trailers exist for ‘Take Me Home Tonight’, and I find this worth mentioning because one of the trailers focuses too heavily on Grace’s character, giving the movie a strained and cookie-cutter vibe. The other trailer, the raunchier of the two, features a gang of friends having the night of their life. Over the course of a single night, in classic Aristotelian fashion.  ‘Take Me Home Tonight’, while not the most clever movie to emerge on the face of the planet, gets points for being entertaining, as the soundtrack proves why 80s music has stuck with us to this day.

The movie’s basic premise revolves around Grace, his sister, and good friend, all looking for chance to live a little. Grace, having graduated from MIT and now works at Suncoast video, sees the perfect chance to start up something with his high-school crush Teresa Palme, once she steps foot in his store. After some awkward rambling, not-so-honest introductions, and Grace claiming to works at a insurance firm, he finds himself invited to a party. Flash forward a few hours to the three buddies going out on the town hoping that a) Topher Grace will woo the woman of his dreams and b) that none of them get arrested for the night’s shenanigans.

Michael Dowse, known for the highly popular ‘Superbad’, provides a movie very similar to the one that made him famous. The ingredients aren’t difficult to assemble, as you only need some ridiculous situations for characters to get into, but the execution is what matters.  Parts of the film are strenuous on the viewer, for despite what the director thinks, the audience really just want to see rascally adventures and not be forced to get hung up on Grace’s love for Teresa Palmer.

While the trailer might be somewhat deceptive as to the level of fun to except, I wouldn’t try and find a substantial amount of hidden depth in ‘Take Me Home Tonight’; the homage paid to many dance moves of the 80s, including the crowd-favorite, the Karate Kid’s Crane Technique was especially delightful. For what it was, ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ proved a decent way to spend the afternoon.

 

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