Screen Junkies » Take Me Home Tonight http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Candace Kroslak http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/candace-kroslak/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/candace-kroslak/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:59:44 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=102570 Take Me Home Tonight actress Candace Kroslak is best known for her work on the Swedish-American soap opera "Ocean Ave."

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Take Me Home Tonight actress Candace Kroslak is best known for her work on the Swedish-American soap opera “Ocean Ave.” After the show ended in 2003, Kroslak went on to appear in a series of guest slots on such show as “Las Vegas” and”Scrubs.” She also had a notable appearance in the direct-to-video teen flick American Pie Presents The Naked Mile, in which she played a (yes, naked) romantic interest of protagonist Erik Stifler.

A word from Candace: “I tend to feel really comfortable doing comedy. But I also like to work and do drama. I like both, but i love to have fun everyday on set, so comedy is somthing i really enjoy doing.”

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Weekend Box Office Report: More ‘Rango’, Please! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-more-rango-please/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-more-rango-please/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:46:43 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102508 It would have made twice as much if Jon Lovitz had been voicing the lead role.

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Every once in a while a movie that some say is too “weird” or “quirky” to be successful ends up being a hit. More often than not, it seems, these movies star Johnny Depp – and this weekend’s number 1 movie Rango is a prime piece of this sub-genre. And not only did audiences turn out to see Rango to the tune of $38 million (and that’s good old 2D ticket prices), it’s safe to say that they did BECAUSE of how weird it is, rather than despite the weirdness, at least if the word of mouth I heard over the weekend is any indication.

Taking up second place was the weird-in-a-less-commercially-viable way The Adjustment Bureau with $20.9 million, with the modern-teenager adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, Beastly in third with a measly $10 million. You can get more detailed numbers, including just how badly Take Me Home Tonight bombed, at Box Office Mojo.

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Angie Everhart http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/angie-everhart/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/angie-everhart/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 18:57:19 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=95942 At one time, Angie Everhart was the face of the modeling world. That time was the fabled lost years between the 1980s and the 199os, when action heroes were the toast of the town and it was still pretty much okay to wear neon-green hospital pants in public.

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At one time, Angie Everhart was the face of the modeling world. That time was the fabled lost years between the 1980s and the 199os, when action heroes were the toast on the town and it was still pretty much okay to wear neon-green hospital pants in public. Everhart has since transitioned into an acting career, appearing in a smattering of movie and TV roles over the last two decades. Catch her in her latest cinematic endeavor this weekend alongside Topher Grace and Anna Faris in “Take Me Home Tonight.”

A word from Angie: “I prefer intellect and charm. Good looks only take you so far.”

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Review: Take Me Home Tonight http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-take-me-home-tonight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-take-me-home-tonight/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 16:58:55 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=93228 Boy, they just don’t make ‘80s movies like they used to.

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Boy, they just don’t make ‘80s movies like they used to. Not like the good old days of the ‘90s. The Wedding Singer and Can’t Hardly Wait were much more like the ‘80s movies that inspired them. Even Hot Tub Time Machine. That was bad, but it got the ‘80s formula right.

Take Me Home Tonight is the classic story of a shy, unpopular guy who wants a shot with his high school dream girl. It’s already after college graduation, but everyone’s back in town for a party. Matt’s (Topher Grace) big plan? Tell Tori (Teresa Palmer) he works at Goldman Sachs, when he really works at Suncoast Video.

That’s it? Lie about your job? Just to get her phone number (that’s really all he wants)? In the ‘80s, the big scheme was buying the popular girl for a month or at least borrowing her panties. They don’t even make Tori an ironically desirable bitch. Here in the ‘00s we don’t have unlikable romantic leads.

Matt went to MIT but doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life, so he’s not getting a high paying job. Dude, that’s the ‘90s slacker mentality, not the ‘80s. The clothes and the hair are cute and the girls look great but this movie is made by ‘90s kids who think they get the ‘80s but they don’t.

There are a few funny parts but most of it is hipster humor, like look how retro we are but really we’re just playing at it. Matt’s twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) knows all of Matt’s schtick so she says everything he’s going to say at the same time, including spontaneous profanity. They both know Barry’s(Dan Fogler) schtick too so they narrate it from a distance. Barry and Matt lip sync “Straight Outta Compton,” including the N word. Because they’re actually white.

Demetri Martin is by far the funniest thing in the movie. He’s in two scenes as a wheelchair bound high school success story. His brand of humor works on its own, even in the middle of this. Barry agreeing to let a woman’s husband watch them do it ends up being funny for an easy joke, as does Barry trying to talk dirty to her.

The romance is actually sweet, but it takes a yuppie banker party and carefree yard hopping to get there. Wendy’s D-bag boyfriend Kyle (Chris Pratt) actually makes good at one point. Matt’s dad, Bill (Michael Biehn), delivers a decent, but in now way profound, message. Just take a shot. Do something! Then he really overdoes the gun metaphor.

There’s a reason this movie took four years and two different titles to come out. They had the best of intentions but it just doesn’t work no matter how they spin it.

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Teresa Palmer Doesn’t Care If You’re Poor http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/teresa-palmer-doesnt-care-if-youre-poor/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/teresa-palmer-doesnt-care-if-youre-poor/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 20:47:54 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30706 The 'Take Me Home Tonight' star talks about 80s yuppies and the new Mad Max movie.

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They don’t make ‘80s movies like they used to, but I don’t think they made girls like Teresa Palmer in the ‘80s so it balances out. In Take Me Home Tonight, Palmer plays Tori Fredericking, the ‘80s icon of a dream girl. Matt (Topher Grace) tries to impress her with a façade of money and fancy cars. Of course he’ll learn that superficial things don’t impress women at all.

Tori is an all American girl but Palmer is an Aussie. She speaks with a perfect American accent in the movie, but we got to hear the real Oz when we interviewed her. As the cast reunited for a press junket, they also screened the new music video in which they re-enact classic scenes from ‘80s movies. Palmer gets to do Weird Science, Fast Times at Ridgemont High and more.

Q: You got to do some classic scenes just for the music video.

Teresa Palmer: Phoebe Cates, yes, Ghostbusters, Splash I got to be. Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club.

Q: But the sexy ones, the Kelly LeBrock shirt and the bikini, how did you feel about those?

TP: Awful. It’s very exposing and it’s quite vulnerable as an actor to take your gear off and only be posing in underwear or a bikini so I couldn’t really watch those parts.

Q: I still run into girls who like the superficial cars and high paying jobs. Why haven’t they learned from the ‘80s movies?

TP: Oh, I don’t know. I think a lot of girls are into superficial things but for the most part, the ones I know at least are more attracted to the endearing men with the good heart and the beautiful inner self. I don’t find all those material things appealing. In fact I almost feel like that puts me off of a man if he has a very flashy car or an amazing house that’s all designer. I just find that very unappealing.

Q: Are you excited about Mad Max: Fury Road?

TP: Well, I’m not doing Mad Max. It’s on hiatus at the moment and I was in negotiations on that film but ended up pulling out to do I am Number Four and I’m not sure what’s happening with the project but I would love to work with George Miller at some stage. We were supposed to work together on Justice League of America a few years ago.

Q: You could’ve had an awesome leather post-apocalyptic outfit.

TP: That would’ve been amazing. It’s a brilliant script, the new Mad Max. I think it’s going to be the best Mad Max yet.

Q: What has this rise to success been like for you?

TP: Look, it feels as though it’ taken a while and there are peaks and valleys in every career. I’ve had films fall apart on me. I’ve been fired from a movie before. It’s difficult as an actor. It’s a hard profession and you just have to have a thick skin and keep working towards your goal. I’m excited about the momentum right now but you never know when that’s going to end so I’m just trying to not let my work define wh I am. When I have a clear sense of self and that I’m rich in other areas in my life apart from work is when I’m the happiest.

Q: How do you find that sense of self?

TP: I spend a lot of time with people that I love, my friends and I write, I journal, I scrapbook, I take photographs, I walk with my dog, Luna Palmer. We go hiking and I also live a very health conscious lifestyle. I’m eating very healthy and go to the gym. It’s important to get out of my head because you spend a lot of time waiting for the phone to call. It can be quite exhausting and it can be anxious at times.

Q: What is your Hollywood life like?

TP: My Hollywood life is when I’m doing junkets and walking on the red carpet and films. That’s very challenging, more so than I ever anticipated it would be. I thought that it would be a walk in the park being an actor in films, but it’s quite trying but also incredibly enriching and exciting, overwhelming all at the same time.

Q: How is it trying?

TP: It’s just not having the stability on knowing where your next job is and living a nomad lifestyle, traveling around like a gypsy. It’s hard to feel connected to a home because you’re always getting uprooted. There’s also enormous pressure on you by studios and directors. It can be hard but the benefits far outweigh the negatives in my eyes. I’m just so blessed to be doing what I’m doing and I really enjoy it.

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Take Me Home Tonight http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/take-me-home-tonight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/take-me-home-tonight/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:53:41 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24906 Director: Michael Dowse Cast: Topher Grace, Teresa Palmer, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler Synopsis: Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party....

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Director: Michael Dowse

Cast: Topher Grace, Teresa Palmer, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler

Synopsis: Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night.

Release Date: March 4, 2011

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‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Video Attacks You With Dozens Of References http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/take-me-home-tonight-video-attacks-you-with-dozens-of-references/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/take-me-home-tonight-video-attacks-you-with-dozens-of-references/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:39:07 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=26308 This video nods to almost every movie made between 1980 and 1989. (Sorry, C.H.U.D.)

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The gang behind Take Me Home Tonight, the title of which is an 80′s reference, decided to up the stakes of the reference game in this video, which manages to nod to damn near every movie made during the decade. What’s the purpose of this video? I dunno. It reminds us that Take Me Home Tonight is a movie that’s coming out (which serves the producers), and it’s enjoyable to watch (which serves the viewer). Win-win. So sit back and watch Topher and the gang just…just live, man. They’ve already done two trailers, so rather than give too much of the movie away, they just decided to have some fun with the characters. Hard not to get on board with that.

Cinema Blend caught references to 32 different movies in this clip/music video, so if you want to see a list much more exhaustive than my paltry 6, click here. Otherwise, let the references wash over you like so much cocaine-laced bathwater. What? Yes.

Take Me Home Tonight hits theaters March 4, 2011.

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‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Red-Band: Coke-Fueled 80′s Windmilling http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/take-me-home-tonight-red-band-coke-fueled-80s-windmilling/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/take-me-home-tonight-red-band-coke-fueled-80s-windmilling/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:23:26 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=24862 The spiritual sequel to "That 70's Show," Take Me Home Tonight, is ready to rock with a new red-band trailer. You can tell because it's wearing a necktie as if it were a bandana.

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The spiritual sequel to “That 70′s Show,” Take Me Home Tonight, is ready to rock with a new red-band trailer that offers a look at 1980′s style debauchery. Car theft, drugs, sex, and trampolining without a license are all put on display this time around. This isn’t that much more extreme than the previous trailer but it’s definitely more willing to have a good time. You can tell because it’s wearing a necktie as if it were a bandana.

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Topher Grace Mines The 80′s For Comedy In ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/topher-grace-mines-the-80s-for-comedy-in-take-me-home-tonight-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/topher-grace-mines-the-80s-for-comedy-in-take-me-home-tonight-trailer/#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 13:35:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=12482 Spider-Man 3 should have launched Topher Grace onto the A-list. But then people saw the movie. Now he's returning to what he does best... previous decade-based comedy.

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Spider-Man 3 should have launched Topher Grace onto the A-list. But then people saw the movie. He’s been laying lowish these last few years, and now ready to return to what he does best… previous decade-based comedy. This time the “That 70′s Show” star is taking on the 80′s with Take Me Home Tonight. He plays a recent MIT grad whose unsure about his future. Naturally, he takes a job at Suncoast Video while figuring himself out. Until the day his high school crush walks in to buy a copy of Cocktail. She invites him and his loser friends to a party. What happens next? Decade-specific hijinx, of course.

Hmm… expensive education, arrested emotional development, video store knowledge. I think the logical next step is for Topher’s character to get a job at Screen Junkies.

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