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Take Me Home Tonight (2011)

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Four years after graduation, an awkward high school genius uses his sister's boyfriend's Labor Day party as the perfect opportunity to make his move on his high school crush.

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Michael Dowse

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Jackie Filgo (screenplay), Jeff Filgo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Topher Grace ... Matt Franklin
Anna Faris ... Wendy Franklin
Dan Fogler ... Barry Nathan
Teresa Palmer ... Tori Frederking
Chris Pratt ... Kyle Masterson
Michael Biehn ... Bill Franklin
Jeanie Hackett Jeanie Hackett ... Libby Franklin
Lucy Punch ... Shelly
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Ashley
Demetri Martin ... Carlos
Michael Ian Black ... Pete Bering
Bob Odenkirk ... Mike
Angie Everhart ... Trish Anderson
Jay Jablonski ... Benji
Edwin Hodge ... Bryce
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Storyline

It's the late 1980s, when Wall Street is riding high, and it seems as if the entire country is cashing in on the bumper profits. Disgusted with the materialism that surrounds him, Matt Franklin, a brilliant young MIT graduate, has walked out on his well-paid position at a local lab and taken a low-level job as a video clerk, much to his father Bill's consternation. And the crises keep piling up in Matt's life. His best buddy Barry has just gotten fired from his job, his brainy sister Wendy is getting hitched to her vapid boyfriend Kyle, and the gorgeous Tori Frederking, long-time object of Matt's unattainable adoration, is suddenly back in the picture. Now, on one wild, woolly and irresponsible evening, everything is coming to a head, with explosive results. Written by Anonymous

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Best. Night. Ever.

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Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Americans See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,464,679, 6 March 2011

Gross USA:

$6,928,068

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,550,073
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2.35 : 1
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Anna Faris (Wendy Franklin) and Chris Pratt (Kyle Masterson) met during the making of this film and married a year later. They have a child named Jack but announced their divorce in 2017. See more »

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Tori lists Purple Rain as her favorite album in the yearbook. While the album and movie were both released in 1984 when they graduated high school, they were released on June 25th and July 27th respectively, both of which are dates after when they would have graduated. See more »

Quotes

Matt Franklin: I'm... I'm just messed up, OK? I don't know what I want to do. And I'm sorry I'm such a fucking failure!
Bill Franklin: You haven't really failed, son, because you haven't really tried to succeed. So don't credit yourself as a failure. You're worse than that.
Matt Franklin: I just can't figure it out, Dad.
Bill Franklin: Don't cry like that in jail, son.
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References It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) See more »

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Walking In L.A.
Written by Terry Bozzio
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In the 80's it probably wouldn't have been much of a standout but it could have been a mildly loved looked over gem (much like it is now)!
14 July 2011 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

This 80's movie homage actually is just that: a tribute to the youth films of the 80's and it does a pretty good job. It actually feels like a film from that decade (like something John Hughes might have produced) and not just a send-up or satire of it (like the advertisements sort of implied). Topher Grace stars in the film as well as executive produced and co-wrote it (with Gordon Kaywin and Jackie and Jeff Filgo). Michael Dowse (who also directed the popular 'headbanger' film 'FUBAR' and it's sequel) directed. Teresa Palmer, Dan Fogler, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt and Michael Biehn (one of my all time favorite actors) co-star in the flick.

The film is set in the summer of 1988 after Matt Franklin (Grace) just graduated from MIT. Instead of pursuing a high paying career like his education entitles him to he takes a part time job as a video store clerk at the local Suncoast Video store in the mall, much to the disappointment of his father Bill (Biehn) who's also a local police officer. Matt is scared and completely unsure of what he wants to do with his life, all until his old high school crush, Tori Fredreking (Palmer), comes back into town and into the store where he works. Matt lies to Tori and tells her he works for Goldman Sachs. Tori is impressed and invites him to a Labor Day party hosted by his twin sister Wendy's (Faris) boyfriend Kyle Masterson (Pratt). Matt goes to the party with Wendy and his best friend Barry (Fogler) and all hell breaks loose when Barry steals a car from the dealership he was fired from the same day.

The movie really does have a classic 80's nostalgic feel to it and like I said it feels like a movie out of that time period rather than just a comedic reference to it. The script is somewhat smart and emotional and the characters are really well developed. Topher Grace is very fitting as the film's lead, Palmer looks beautiful and is equally fitting and Fogler is actually good for a change (he's still not really that funny but he gives a decent performance). Faris isn't bad as well and Pratt and Biehn (who's the perfect 80's icon touch, with nerds) give nice supporting performances. The soundtrack adds a nice touch as well. The film does a good job of pulling off a classic 80's throwback feel and definitely accomplishes what it set out to do. If it had actually came out in that decade though it probably wouldn't have been much of a standout but it could have been a mildly loved looked over gem (much like it is now).

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