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Take Me Home Tonight Review Critics


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Grae Drake Profile

Eddie Money deserves better than this. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Michael Dowse's aggressively unfunny film which seeks the lowest common denominator in nearly every scene.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    As a raunchy romantic comedy or an homage to the 1980s, Take Me Home Tonight is hardly worth a one-night stand.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

All-night-party movie mixes raunch and warmth.

What 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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    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.

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    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.

What to watch for
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Drinking, drugs and 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.