Take Me Home Tonight

  • Review Date: February 27, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

Common Sense Media says

All-night-party movie mixes raunch and warmth.
  • Review Date: February 27, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters embark on a night of debauchery that includes sex, drinking, drugs, stealing a car, and, chiefly, lying. But it's clear that they're not bad people, and they make every attempt to undo their bad behavior and set things right. Plus, Matt learns to stop "playing it safe" and try something, anything, with his life. In essence, he learns bravery and to face challenges.

Positive role models

The movie's hero, Matt, has put his life on hold, ignoring his gift with math and numbers to work a brain-dead job. He's afraid of taking risks and facing challenges and lies to get a date with a girl he likes. But over the course of the movie, he struggles to undo his lie and begins to work up the courage to face life's challenges.

Violence

The main character agrees to perform a dangerous stunt during a party. As a result, he crashes into several cars and nearly drowns. There's a brief fight, mostly involving pushing and shoving.

Sex

The main character sleeps with the girl he once had a crush on in high school. She takes off her top, but her breasts aren't shown. The main character's friend starts to have sex with a woman in a bathroom, with another man watching. The woman is seen naked. Also extensive innuendo, some crotch-grabbing (while dancing), and a sequence about how men look at women's breasts.

Language

Strong, persistent language throughout includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "bitch," "goddamn," "blow job," "bastard," "oh my God," "prick," "d--k," "a--hole," "p---y," "screwed," "hell," "ass," "hell," "laid," "boobs," and "slut." The characters also lip sync to a hardcore rap song that features the "N" word.

Consumerism

Pepsi bottles are on view during a dinner scene. The main character works at Suncoast Video, which is shown once and then frequently mentioned over the course of the movie. Budweiser bottles are on view during most of the party sequences.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the main characters pours a huge glass of wine after getting fired. He also takes huge swigs from a bottle of champagne. He finds a bag of cocaine in a car and decides to snort some; he's shown clearly enjoying the high. Young adults are seen drinking beer and smoking cigarettes at a party. This is all played for humor, and there is no indication of addiction -- but there are also no serious consequences.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this all-night-party movie set in the 1980s is, on the surface, focused on the main characters getting "wasted" and "laid." And while there's plenty of content related to sex and drinking/drugs, by the time the night ends, the characters have learned lessons about facing challenges rather than avoiding them. Still, expect lots of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and more), drug use and drinking, and sexual situations, innuendoes, and even some nudity. Bottom line? Save this one for older teens ... and parents who fondly remember the era of skinny ties and shoulder pads.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

It's the 1980s, and math genius Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) has graduated from MIT but can't decide what he wants to do with his life ... so he works at a video store. One day his old high school crush, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), walks in, and to win a date with her, he lies about being a successful banker. She invites him to a party, and Matt shows up with his best friend Barry (Dan Fogler) -- a loud, precocious car salesman who has just lost his job. Accompanied by Matt's sister, Wendy (Anna Faris), they steal a car to make the ruse complete. While Barry experiments with cocaine, a dance-off, and sex with strange women, Matt must figure out a way to keep Tori interested without letting his lie get out of control.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Anyone who loved Sixteen Candles back in the 1980s will love TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, too. Thanks to the fine casting and the earnest devotion to the old, all-night-party genre, the movie works its warm, funny magic and casts a spell that's both nostalgic and naughty. It's so good-natured and sweet, in fact, that somehow the heavy language, sex, and drugs don't seem particularly shocking or offensive (but that doesn't mean that it's an age-appropriate pick for younger viewers).

Grace is nicely cast as the former high school nerd, and Fogler gets to be a bit more than the goofy sidekick; he actually gets most of the movie's action. Palmer has an undeniable spark, and Faris is one of our best current screen comediennes. The combination of the four is nearly unbeatable. And Canadian director Michael Dowse balances everything admirably, despite his uneven previous movies (It's All Gone Pete Tong, etc.).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the sex in the movie. What is the movie saying about sex and relationships? Do some characters have more meaningful experiences than others? What message does that send?

  • Barry tries cocaine -- as well as alcohol -- after a terrible day in which he loses his job. Is that an excuse for his behavior? What kinds of consequences could that have had in real life?

  • Why would Matt be afraid of doing something with his life? Why is he hiding? Does that make him more sympathetic or relatable?

  • Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to -- today's teens or older audiences who were teens/young adults during the '80s? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 4, 2011
DVD release date:July 19, 2011
Cast:Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Topher Grace
Director:Michael Dowse
Studio:Rogue Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language, sexual content and drug use

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Adult Written byAmericanplaya217 March 17, 2013
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

excellent movie

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byTacoSpartan June 1, 2012
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Meh

I watched this movie just because my parents were. Like most movies aimed at my generation, I didn't enjoy it. One thing, this may just be my opinion, but why do people insist on putting full frontal nudity in any movie that isn't pornagraphic? I've just never understood it. Feh, humans. Anyways, I think the main reason I didn't enjoy it is because of predictibility.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written byStevie111 March 6, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Funnt party movie

Drug use and sexual content is very funny. Lots of strong language
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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