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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.).
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