Most movies try to show you something you've never seen before, but Take Me Home Tonight aims to do just the opposite.
Most movies try to show you something you've never seen before, but Take Me Home Tonight aims to do just the opposite. Set in 1988, the objective of the comedy is to capitalize on the trends of the decade, poke fun at the style, and pay homage to the films that defined a generation. Unfortunately, it gets so bogged down in piling on the clichés that it comes off as a forgettable knockoff of a John Hughes movie.
The movie takes place over one long night as Matt (Topher Grace) sets out for one purpose: to obtain the phone number of his high school crush, Tori (Teresa Palmer). A recent MIT grad, brainy Matt is unsure what to do with his life and ends up living in his parents' house and working at the local video store. There, he bumps into Tori for the first time in years and fabricates a fancy job at Goldman Sachs to impress her. When he learns that she'll be attending a rager that night, he enlists the help of his twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and best friend Barry (Dan Fogler) to keep his charade going.
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