The 80s comedy Take Me Home Tonight has had a long road to the screen. Originally titled, Kids in America, the film wrapped shooting back in 2007 and is now set for release on March 4, 2011. The film centers on a recent MIT grad (Topher Grace) who gets invited, along with his best friend (Dan Fogler) and twin sister (Anna Faris), to an epic, end-of-summer 1988 party by his high-school crush (Teresa Palmer). That doesn’t sound like such a tough sell…except for all the cocaine. Grace, who’s also a producer on the film, explained to MTV:
“It tested really well. It’s an audience film. It’s not drama, but there was a real hesitation because there is so much cocaine in it, and our feeling at the time was, ‘You can’t do a movie about Prohibition without alcohol, and you really can’t do a movie about partying in the ’80s, at the age these kids are, without showing cocaine use.”
Hit the jump to learn how Take Me Home Tonight was rescued from release limbo.
Grace says that Imagine Entertainment and producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard saved the film from an eternity of sitting on a shelf (or going straight to DVD):
“We had fun producing, but those guys are the real deal. We learned a lot from them, and they’re probably the greatest producers of our time. So, they encouraged us to not change the cut, which I thought was a really cool move.”
I’m a big fan of Grace, Fogler, and Faris (I’ve only seen Palmer in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and she didn’t have much to do) so hopefully this will be a solid comedy that stands on its own and not just That 80s Movie. I do think it’s silly that the film would have to sit on the shelf for so long simply because it shows people in the 80s doing cocaine. It’s not like the film’s original title was Cocaine Is Awesome and Everyone Should Totally Do Iti. That would be slightly controversial.
Here’s the official synopsis for Take Me Home Tonight:
As the summer of 1988 winds down, three friends on the verge of adulthood attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth. Starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer, Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic and ultimately touching blast from the past set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits. Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin (Topher Grace) should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old confounds family and friends by taking a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. But Matt’s silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer), walks into the store. When she invites him to an epic, end-of-summer party, Matt thinks he finally might have a chance with the girl of his dreams. With his cynical twin sister Wendy (Anna Faris) and best friend Barry (Dan Fogler), Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening. From stealing a car to a marriage proposal to an indescribable, no-holds-barred dance-off, these friends share experiences that will change the course of their lives on one unforgettable night in the Go-Go ’80s.