Take Me Home Tonight is an insipid so-called comedy void of laughs, interesting characters or a coherent screenplay. The stars do what they can with the material and almost rise above the mess of a movie they are stranded in. It’s no wonder this turd sat on the shelf collecting dust for four years before a blink-and you missed it theatrical run. To be quite honest this film is lacking in so many departments that it’s not in releasable shape. The story revolves around Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) an M.I.T. graduate turned video store clerk. It seems poor Matt has been pinning for his high school crush for almost a decade. Then serendipitously she walks into the store where he works and an awkward scene follows in which Matt pretends to be a customer rather than an employee all while lying about his career and social lifestyle. This meet-cute leads to an invitation to a party being thrown by Matt’s nemesis and supposed hilarity ensues. Unfortunately for the actors and viewers the film is unfunny, amateurishly written and directed with notably bad lighting throughout.
Characters wonder through this picture without impact or purpose and the script lacks clarity or cohesiveness. 1980s music is sprinkled in the mix to give off the impression that a good time is to be had but ultimately all if for not. Relative newcomer Michael Dowse’s direction is woefully inadequate scenes play on endlessly and tonally the film is all over the place. Much of the blame has to placed on the cliched, banal screenplay by writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo they have produced a story with no obstacles and shallow resolutions. I’m not sure if the film was massacred by post-production tinkering or if it was an ill-conceived project from the get-go. Whatever the case may be the end result is something none of the principle actors (Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Grace) should include on their resumes. One of the worst films of the year.
Director: Michael Dowse
Stars: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler