The Phoenix Network:
About  |  Advertise
Adult  |  Moonsigns  |  Band Guide  |  Blogs  |  In Pictures
Features  |  Reviews

Review: Take Me Home Tonight

Standard buddy comedy turned zany bacchanal has moments of inspiration
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 4, 2011
2.5 2.5 Stars

Ten minutes into Michael Dowse's romantic comedy/buddy movie, I recoiled from Dan Fogler's performance as Barry, loutish pal of leading man Matt (Topher Grace). Fogler seemed like the poor man's Jack Black - which these days is as poor as you can get. You'd think cocaine would only compound the problem, but in fact it provokes Barry into slapstick degradation and turns a stale premise into a zany bacchanal. Matt, a 23-year-old slacker, can't get over his unrequited high-school crush Tori (Teresa Palmer). A chance encounter with her leads to invites to two bashes where Matt demonstrates his best and worst traits trying to win her over. Ho-hum. Of greater interest is Barry's descent into decadence. Set for some reason in a crassly materialist 1988 that combines Less Than Zero with Animal House, Tonight comes up with some inspired bits, including one with a guy named Frances (Clement von Franckenstein) who likes to watch.

Related: Photos: Michele McPhee hosts book signing party for A Date With Death, Live Review: Motherboar unleash a mighty beast at Great Scott, Review: The David Wax Museum mesmerize Club Oberon, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Cocaine, Teresa Palmer, Topher Grace,  More more >
| More
Add Comment
HTML Prohibited

 Friends' Activity   Popular   Most Viewed 
[ 03/07 ]   Martin Henn  @ Harvard Coop
[ 03/07 ]   MFA Student Reading Night  @ Middlesex Lounge
[ 03/07 ]   OMD + Oh Land  @ Paradise Rock Club
Share this entry with Delicious
    Mija (Yun Jung-hee) is 60ish but still a looker, a quality she's aware of. She dresses elegantly even when she's going about her chores as a cleaning woman — which include bathing Mr. Kang (Kim Hi-ra), the elderly, paralyzed patriarch of the family who've hired her.
  •   REVIEW: DRIVE ANGRY  |  March 02, 2011
    If The Adjustment Bureau confused you about the grand plan of the man upstairs, don't expect John Milton (Nicolas Cage) in Patrick Lussier's 3D revenge flick to explain the ways of God to man.
  •   REVIEW: KABOOM  |  March 02, 2011
    In the late '80s and early '90s, the subversive "New Queer Cinema," with such filmmakers as Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, and Greg Araki, promised a vital gay sensibility in independent film. Since then, Haynes and Van Sant have been absorbed by the mainstream, and gay cinema has deteriorated into inane, lurid rom-coms.
  •   REVIEW: TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT  |  March 04, 2011
    Standard buddy comedy turned zany bacchanal has moments of inspiration
  •   REVIEW: THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU  |  March 02, 2011
    Matt Damon doesn't shy from roles that address the questions that can really bother a guy - like identity (the Bourne movies), death (Hereafter), and now the meaning of it all.

 See all articles by: PETER KEOUGH

RSS Feed of for the most popular articles
 Most Viewed   Most Emailed 

  |  Sign In  |  Register
Phoenix Media/Communications Group:
Copyright © 2011 The Phoenix Media/Communications Group