“Take Me Home Tonight” Isn’t a Comedy

Genres: Comedy and Drama
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: March 4th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and drug use.
Distributors: Relativity Media

Director: Michael Dowse

JJ Rating: C

See it again: No.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: No one.

One of the best crying scenes
The last half of the film picks up

Not funny enough
Not touching enough
Too long

Matt (Topher Grace) likes Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer) since high school, so when he sees her again in the mall he starts his trek to get her. He goes to a party, finds her and proceeds to do things differently than he did in high school in hopes it’ll work, be funny and entertain those watching the movie. Take Me Home Tonight.

I have no problem with any of the actors. I think they all did a good job and Topher Grace is a fun actor. He has the greatest dork charm I’ve ever seen in any person, anytime, anywhere. I am in awe of his gift. I say this a few times for a few actors, but I like him and he made this film not as dead as the script and everything else did. I like him enough to sit through this film. That says a lot.

Take Me Home Tonight was supposed to make me laugh because it was supposed to be a comedy. It didn’t have a lot of comedic moments. It did have a lot of 80’s music and fashion that made me shake me head and dread the 80’s return. I don’t know why anyone would love that decade. I was born in it and I don’t love it…outside of the cartoons. The 80’s had the best cartoons of any decade.

The best comedic moment had to be Chris Pratt crying. If MTV Movie Awards had an award for Best Crying Scene, he’d win. There was spit, snot, spit and snot and some tears and spit and snot. I laughed hard during that part. Well, I laughed the hardest in that entire film for that.

Take Me Home Tonight’s biggest problem was it wasn’t that funny. It didn’t have enough laughs and that’s because the script was dead. There’s not a lot of funny in drug taking. It’s been done. Sex has been done. These themes are boring. Do something different. I’m spoiled because of The Hangover, Death at a Funeral (British version) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Comedies have to be funny or they shouldn’t be called comedies. Take Me Home Tonight is not a comedy. That’s that.

I write like: J. D. Salinger

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