Remember the 1980s? If not, perhaps you remember some films of the 1980s-perhaps those of the John Hughes variety? If you do, you probably do not remember a movie exactly like Take Me Home Tonight. In the spirit of John Hughes-esque films (i.e. The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink), Take Me Home Tonight is a retro-1980s movie that explores high-school politics despite the fact that its characters are four years removed from it. However, it is done in a way that is quite different from those in the days of the Brat Pack.
The film's star, Topher Grace, plays Matt Franklin, a recent MIT grad and math genius who is having a hard time figuring out what his proverbial next step is. Afraid of taking any chances, Matt is a clerk at a video store where he runs into his crush from high school, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer). Tori actually talks to him and spreads the word about the mammoth Labor Day weekend party she'll be attending. So Matt finally takes a chance on something by attending the big party with twin sister Wendy Franklin (Anna Faris) and their best friend Barry Nathan (Dan Fogler).
Things heat up for Matt when he and Barry steal a BMW from the dealership that Barry was recently canned from. The car is naturally stocked with cocaine in the glove compartment that Barry partakes in and consequently acts even crazier as the night goes on. From there on more lunacy follows including: a ridiculous dance-off; a car-crash; a run-in with an angry former classmate of Matt's who is wheelchair- bound (Demetri Martin); a disturbing threesome involving Barry, Sylvester Stallone's ex-wife and current NutriSystem spokeswoman Angie Everhart (I'm still scratching my head about that one), and a really creepy dude with a...Read More
The famed visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) got their start animating tauntauns and star destroyers in the original Star Wars trilogy. Over the years, they have dazzled audiences with their groundbreaking special effects and industry leading innovation. Now in the year 2011, they have busted out of the special effects game and launched head first into feature film making with spectacular results. Under the guidance...Read More
What controls life? Fate or Free Will? This is the primary question asked by The Adjustment Bureau. Pretty heady topic for what is an entertaining piece of movie making. Based on the short story, "The Adjustment Team" by Philip K Dick, and written for the screen by writer/director George Nolfi (he wrote both The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean's 12). The film also marks the third collaboration between Nolfi...Read More
At first, I wasn't sure if Beastly was simply a terrible movie, or perhaps one of the greatest satires on teen romance fiction I had ever seen. All I know is, for the first fifteen minutes I was almost bursting at the seams trying not to laugh; mostly at lines of dialogue that I'm pretty certain weren't meant to be funny. Add to that a noisy collection of...Read More
While I'm not sure it's something to hang my hat on, but the Farrelly Brothers are in a select group of directors that I can say I've seen every movie they've made (even Osmosis Jones). Think of me what you will, but everyone needs a good mindless comedy with a few gross-out gags sprinkled in for good measure from time to time; especially around this time of year...Read More
Drive Angry 3D is a strange, strange ride. Minutes into the movie I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into. Terrible acting and dialogue; physics-defying stunts and Nicolas Cage mimicking Clint Eastwood's minimalist delivery had me expecting the worst. However, I found that once I suspended my disbelief and went along for the supernatural ride, Drive Angry 3D was far more rewarding than it was not....Read More
Building on the notable commercial success of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy (2003) and Bong Joon-ho's The Host (2006) and Mother (2009), South Korea has risen in stature as the country to beat for a brand of innovative, stylish thriller that was once the province of the ailing Japanese film industry. The rare foreign country in which homegrown movies out-gross the Hollywood juggernauts on a routine basis, Korean films offer...Read More
By the time Liam Neeson yells "I'm Martin Harris!" for about the 458th time, you'll believe it. But is he, really? For those who have watched the trailer, it wouldn't be much of a stretch to assume that director Jaume Collet-Serra's Unknown is the second coming of Taken. For one, it stars Neeson as an angry man searching for answers; for another, it makes Europe look like the...Read More
Cedar Rapids is a coming of age story, but this time it's about an adult. Tim Lippe (Ed Helms, The Office and The Hangover) is a dedicated but "small town naïveté" insurance salesman who is forced to go to the "Big City" of Cedar Rapids, Iowa to make a presentation to help capture an award that his firm considers the holy grail of insurance recognition. So begins an...Read More
Just Go with It is from the production team Happy Madison which has been together a very long time and has successfully brought moviegoers most of Adam Sandler's films, but this magical team has apparently lost its charm and if Sandler expects to continue making successful movies I would suggest he take a long hard look at this film and have an honest conversation with himself. Just Go...Read More