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Misses the Hughes sensitive-raunch sweet spot, though a game supporting cast hits bull's-eyes on lesser targets.
Like Can't Hardly Wait, it's a curiously straight-faced attempt to make an '80s comedy for an audience too young to remember the halcyon days of Alf.
"Take Me Home Tonight" is not a bad movie. In fact, it's pretty good. It's just unnecessary.
J. R. Jones,
[The] trite boy-meets-girl arc (he lies about his job) is occasionally offset by some potent comic misadventures.
The mystery of Topher Grace's film career, and why it isn't better, continues with "Take Me Home Tonight."
Very last joke in the movie -- verbal gags, visual gags, musical cues, camera moves -- is crushingly literal.
Dallas Morning News:
Give the genially bawdy '80s nostalgia trip Take Me Home Tonight credit where it's due: It's got the music part down pat
Drinking jokes. Sex jokes. Wild antics. Sincere looks. Nothing goes on here that hasn't gone on -- and gone on better -- in other movies.
Topher Grace and Dan Fogler star in Michael Dowse's aggressively unfunny film which seeks the lowest common denominator in nearly every scene.
Los Angeles Times:
Overall "Take Me Home Tonight" represents a lateral move at best for its 24-hour party people, a step back at worst, and not worth your time either way.
This low-powered, amiable, stunningly unimportant movie is essentially one long, noisy party (set in two houses).
The art direction and costumes are clearly a conscious choice, but if you're going to look back with affection (and/or irony), it helps to have something to say.
They speak entirely in plot points and punchlines and seem to be motivated only by lust, greed and ego. Well, we all are, but few bring to this motivation so little intelligence and wit.
'Take Me Home Tonight' has just enough heart and retro party spirit to hold the line before familiarity breeds contempt.
Mary F. Pols,
An amiable diversion, kept afloat by some comic moments of the raunchy, silly variety, and by something that does feel rather retro: a kindness to its youthful characters.
It's an amiable but slow slice of nostalgia: think 'Hot Tub Time Machine' meets 'Superbad' - without the big laughs.
As a raunchy romantic comedy or an homage to the 1980s, Take Me Home Tonight is hardly worth a one-night stand.
Take Me Home Tonight is a pleasant-enough all-in-one-night comedy, featuring a protagonist facing the classic Graduate-like existential dilemma of post-college paralysis.
Where Adventureland announced an allegiance to freak-scene '80s culture and made a vital detail of one character's fluffing the title of a Lou Reed song, there's nothing so specific in Take Me Home Tonight.
After the gimmick begins to fade, what remains is less than likable characters inhabiting an all-too-familiar plot.