Take Me Home Tonight focuses on M.I.T. graduate Matt (Grace) and his high school crush Tori (Palmer), who has just returned home from Duke and works as an investment banker. Matt is living with his parents and works in a run-down video store, but hopes that he may have a chance with his teenage dream by lying about his current career.
Written by and starring That 70s Show alumni the Filgos and Grace, it has the same air of trying to appear both modern and retro, which just comes across as atagonistic. It may be vaguely enjoyable if you are a fan of That 70s Show or Grace, otherwise you may get frustrated at the lack of cohesion and believability of the story.
The plot is essentially that of Can't Hardly Wait, but if Ethan Embry hadn't told Jennifer Love Hewitt of his crush at the end and had instead waited until after college. Although that's a compliment, as TMHT is nowhere near as cohesive. I don't necessarily like a film to follow a strict formula, however I would like it to follow at least some of the classic rom-com/coming of age rules. Instead it tries to be an
anti rom-com and ends up resembling a rushed four-episode arc of a crappy teenage TV show (here's looking at you "That 70s Show").
There was one pinprick of light at the end of this very dark tunnel in the form of Pratt. The supporting star of Parks and Recreation has great comedic timing and somehow makes his douchebag of a character seem likeable. Faris is wasted and unbelievable as such a sensible character, she should stick to her zany schtick as long as audiences will pay to watch it.
The best part of the film is when they put Matt in a giant metal ball and throw it from a moving truck down a hill. Of course it's dangerous and yes he does fall into a swimming pool and almost drown; but this would have been an ultimately more interesting movie if he had died.
EXTRAS ★★★★? It had just the right amount of extras. There were none.