Red Band Trailer for Take Me Home Tonight
02.05.11 by Ryan
Production on Take Me Home Tonight wrapped way back in 2007, and the movie has sat on a shelf for years, which typically is a sign that the movie didn't work out as planned. With a script by That '70s Show writers Jeff and Jackie Filgo, and featuring a cast headlined by Topher Grace, the first trailer showed the movie had the makings of a throwback comedy from the 1980s, the same time period the movie is set in. So what went wrong? Grace, who also co-wrote the movie's story and served as executive producer, explained to MTV last December that it was the comedy's rampant drug use that made the studio skittish.
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."
The movie languished until the arrival of producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, described by Grace as "probably the greatest producers of our time."
So, they encouraged us to not change the cut, which I thought was a really cool move. We're so happy with the film. It's creatively exactly what we wanted, and it's exactly the opposite of the normal situation where stuff gets cut. We got to put stuff back in.
So all's well that ends well for a comedy that Grace says was made to feel "like it was literally made in the '80s." The latest red band trailer for the movie certainly supports that claim, though instead of being a Weird Science kind of '80s comedy, it's more like The Wild Life or Fast Times at Ridgemont High, with plenty of party hi-jinks, insensitive humor, drug use, and nudity.
Watch the red band trailer here.
Take Me Home Tonight opens March 4. Michael Dowse directed the movie, which co-stars Teresa Palmer, Anna Faris, and Dan Fogler.