Thursday 16 December 2010

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT trailer review

The trailer for this new 80's set film starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris has just been released. Watch it here.

As anyone who was a fan of That 70's Show will attest, the arrival of Topher Grace as a movie star has been a long time coming. He was quite possibly the best thing about that show, and deserves to have a more prominent career on the big screen. He was okay as Venom in the slightly crap Spiderman 3 (I blame the role rather the actor), and was quite watchable earlier this year in Predators. They we're both quite stern faced roles, but it looks like this film might give him a real chance to flex his comedic muscles.

Yeah, it does look like it could be a continuation of That 70's Show, jumped ahead by a decade. We're now in the tail end of the 80's nostalgia films, and it'll not be long before it's all about the 90's. For now though, this appears to be succeeding where Hot Tub Time Machine failed. That film (although with some high points) didn't seem to realise it had and capitalise on the two trump cards it was holding in the casting of John Cusack and Crispin Glover. It was the kind of film that should have had more nods to forgotten classics of the 80's.

Take Me Home Tonight looks to have the right level of nostalgia for the 80's. The clothes look awesome, the hair looks just as good/bad, and the story appears to be a slight retread of one of my favourite lost 80's films, License To Drive. If you're going to set a film over one night, the 80's seems to be the perfect era to do it in. There's Blind Date, Adventures In Babysitting, etc. This film is in good company.

The presence of Dan Fogler gives me mixed feelings. I liked him in Fanboys but hated him in Good Luck Chuck, one of the most disgustingly puerile films I've ever had the misfortune to see. However, he tends to play quite brash characters, and I can see that fitting in with a take on Bret Easton Ellis excess. There's not a lot of Anna Faris in this trailer, but she appears to be just a supporting character. Take Me Home Tonight is quite a terrible title for a film really, although it's the kind of easy title option they would have took in the 80's (I'm looking in your direction Can't Buy Me Love), so maybe it'll grow on me.

It's not going to be the best film of the year by a long shot, but it looks like a fairly good fun comedy with a nostalgia kick. I'll be checking it out.

Due March 2011
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