Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I don't want to let you go til you see the light...

Take Me Home Tonight
Dir. Michael Dowse

This was one of the first pre-screenings of a movie that I've been to since moving to Austin.  I was pretty excited.  Basically the idea is that reviewers need to see the movie before it comes out so that they can have their posts up in advance, and that they should a) have a full house to watch it with and b) not waste the extra seats, and just give the extra tickets away.  At any rate, you have to get to the theater over an hour early to get in, but you get in free.  So, Mr. Bayless and I hopped in line to see his twin (Topher Grace).

The movie itself was pretty decent.  The trailers seemed to not portray it as funny as it actually ended up being.  I'll try not to give away any spoilers.  The movie is a story about a guy and his twin sister and best friend (again, a little like the movie previous) that are in that awkward stage between college and a career that don't quite know what to do with themselves.  The misguidedness turns into humor as you watch them try, fail, and try again to make something of themselves with the jury of their family, peers, and each other.
It was an interesting take on the stage of life when you're asked again, what do you want to do when you grow up, now that you're grown up?

Anyway, the movie also takes on the 80s as a backdrop, but isn't overwhelmed by it.  You hear the music of the time, and see the costumes, but it's not so overdone that it takes away from the story.  It's not laughable by any means.  It's just the 80s.  I liked that he worked at Suncoast though, just helped build him up as a loveable yet dorky character.  Nice touch.

Here's a little music video from the cast that I found funny.  At least wait for the Back to the Future bit. (don't let the pic fool you, it's not risque)

Worth a watch.

Run Time  97 min + 2330 = 2427 total

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