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20 Soundtracks That Are Better Than the Movie

Take Me Home Tonight

Release date: March 29, 2011
Record label: Republic

There's a reason why Take Me Home Tonight, originally shot in 2007, took four years to see a theatrical release—it's desperately nostalgic, unoriginal pap. Led by the never engaging Topher Grace, the film apes from several better versions of the nerd-gets-the-girl-at-a-party movie (e.g., Can't Hardly Wait) while smothering its perfunctory character arcs and unfunny jokes with a surplus of 1980s sight gags.

At least the film's '80s vibes allowed for a bitching collection of some of the decade's greatest jams. For rap heads, there's N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton." Hair-band lovers get a little "Kickstart My Heart," via Motley Crue. Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" services those hipsters who frequent '80s bars in "Frankie Says Relax" T-shirts. And The Buggles' euphoric "Video Killed the Radio Star" brightens any downbeat listener's day.

One question, though: Where the hell is Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight"? You know, the song the movie is named after? That record still goes hard. —MB

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