Despite my love for all things 80's, this movie just doesn't cut it.
Not even as an 80's tribute. Instead the whole fact its set in the 80's is largely irrelevant.
Although before I smash it any further, Topher Grace is the ideal 80's teen protagonist.
He just fits. But nobody else does.
Anna Faris has her moments, but...
this movie feels un-eighties.
The humor is un-eighties, the...
I mean they try too hard. Every single piece of music in the movie has
to be a popular 80's song.
And I do mean every
There are plenty of funny moments, but they aren't wholy creative and a LOT
of the humor just falls flat.
Some of my favorite comedies are from that era. This movie doesn't even remotely have a handle on the same kind of humor. Dan Fogler is annoying as fuck
, but surprisingly he gets the lion's share of the actual funny bits.
Without him... this movie wouldn't have even been a comedy.
And maybe it shouldn't have been. Maybe a coming of age drama would've been better.
Cause Topher and Teresa Palmer have excellent chemistry, even if their arc is so predictable.
Though I wonder if thats the whole point.
Had this movie been made back then, no doubt the climax would've been wildly popular. The movie may have even gone on to be a cult classic. But as it is, it fails to be competant as an 80's throwback, it fails to be a straight up comedy, and it fails to fully succeed in any actual direction. Its okay here, its okay there.
I've said before that 'such and such' movie "flirts with greatness", but for all the raw potential Take Me Home Tonight
had, it never even gets up the balls to flirt. Its stuck behind the crowd at the party staring at the girl, but never making a move.
Such a shame. Topher was pretty great. Palmer was good. Michael Biehn as Topher's dad was awesome.
But beyond that... pure squandered potential.
The best compliment I can level at this movie, is that it was entertaining. Despite not being good, it kept my attention for two hours. It was lightweight enough, I'd even stick with it until the next commercial if I ran into on TV.