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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.

Director:

Michael Dowse

Writers:

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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sex scene | friend | party | sister | night | See All (79) »

Taglines:

Best. Night. Ever.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Germany

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,923,891, 17 April 2011
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There was an extra in the party scenes with Tourette's syndrome who would frequently shout "Cut!" while filming scenes. Topher Grace said it happened at least 5 times. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene where Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart" is playing prominently, but the album came out in September 1989. The film takes place on a night in 1988. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: Can you guys move? I'm trying to fuckin' party here.
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References Rocky III (1982) See more »

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Walking In L.A.
Written by Terry Bozzio
Performed by Missing Persons
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Much Better Then Expected
6 March 2011 | by aejaneczekSee all my reviews

Take Me Home Tonight was much better then I thought it was going to be, now don't get me wrong, from seeing the trailers I wanted to see this film and was excited to. The film itself has much the same feel as Superbad, two friends on an epic one night quest and one focusing on "the girl". The film has a great, tight script that stays focused throughout. Topher Grace gives an awesome performance, I really enjoy him as an actor and think he's kind of overlooked. Dan Fogler also gives an awesome performance as the crazy friend. This also has a good amount of heart, especially right when it needs, Anna Faris and Topher Grace give great performances as twins, and the ending won't disappoint, it leaves a very John Hughes feeling at the end, which I think is what they were going for. Now the reason I gave the film an 8 is because it's not an instant classic, for instance American Gangster or The Departed gets a 10/10 for me. Also you might think from the commercials that this is going to be a parody of the 80's. Yeah, everyone wears their crazy 80's clothes and there's ton's of 80's references and a kick ass soundtrack, however if 5 years from now someone were to sit down and not know when the film was released and not recognize any of the actors as being from the late 90's/00's they would definitely think that this was made in the 80's. If they had tried to make this a parody of the 80's it would have been terrible, it would have had more of Wedding Singer feel to it, and I'm glad that that's not what they went for. The fact that it's set in the 80's and everyone is wearing the cloths and their hair like that, it's almost more like a they're saying "this is how people dressed", not "THIS, is how people dressed", that said this was a pretty good movie, if you enjoyed any 80's movie made by John Hughes and more recent films like Superbad, you'll really enjoy "Take Me Home Tonight"


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