Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Take Me Home Tonight review
What I liked about the film:
If you saw the trailer, you're thinking to yourself, "what kind of story could this film possibly have". You'd be surprised. It's a great story with a real growth of some sort to all of our main characters. For the most part, every character has a reason for doing what they do. And along with story, there is a lot of heart, that's because of the actors involved. Which leads me to my next "like".
Topher Grace is someone that I've only really seen in Spider-Man 3 and a cameo in Ocean's 11. Simply using Spider-Man 3 as an indicator of talent wouldn't be fair, that movie was God awful and it wasn't his fault. Ocean's 11 on the other hand was a pre-cursor to his comedic timing. In Take Me... Grace is really smart guy that kind find his way in life. He went to MIT and has never lived up to his expectations. Scared to make the jump from school to career, he's working at a dead-end job at a video store.
His best friend is played by Dan Fogler. The lovable loser who is Grace's opposite. He opted for a career in luxury car sales, rather than going to college. Fogler is pretty much the same character he always plays, but it works. He screams his lines a bit too much for me, but trust me, overall, he's great in this film.
Grace has a twin sister played by Anna Faris. As smart as Grace is, and a lot going for her, she's about to marry a loser who has no aspirations in life. She's great in what little screen time she has. I like Faris a lot and think she's a very versatile actress.
Then there's the prom queen that Grace has longed for since Junior High, played by Teresa Palmer. You may remember Palmer from the decent Bedtime Stories, or the terrible The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Forget those two films, she is MONEY in this film. Beautiful, smart, successful, conflicted, she plays her part perfectly. I was pleasantly surprised to see her do so well. I assumed they cast a pretty face and hoped for the best, not the case, she's great.
There are a few cameos I don't want to spoil, but check out Michelle Trachtenberg and Demetri Martin are PHENOMENAL! Martin plays quite possibly one of the funniest characters I've ever seen. I mean that!
Yeah, I said the music. There are films that overdo it. Directors try to use the music to state the obvious, "THE MOVIE TAKES PLACE IN THE 80'S"! We get it. But that does not happen here. Director Michael Dowse and Jeff Carson (who has worked on numerous films), nailed it. My wife and I were dancing along to all the popular oldies. Again, never going overboard and taking over the film.
What I didn't like about the film:
As I mentioned before, most of the film is based in reality. It's only when it veers towards the outrageous does the movie start to slip. I understand why directors feel the need to do this, but disagree with it. It is a physical comedy in a sense, and Fogler is mostly known for his physical comedy skills, so I understand it. But take out the outrageous and it's still a "that could happen to me" film.
WHY DID THEY WAIT SO LONG!
I loved this film. I was laughing the whole time. I'm telling you, I am more than willing to go see it again (even if I have to pay for it). It's that good. I hope you all give it a shot. I haven't read any other reviews, but if I was to submit to the various websites, I'd give it a 8/10. Just a great comedy. And Topher Grace, you have made a fan out of me.