Long-delayed comedy to open

Relativity Media celebrated the release of Michael Dowse’s long-delayed ’80s comedy “Take Me Home Tonight” at the Conga Room on Mar. 2.

Executive producer and star Topher Grace (who is also co-credited with the story) was quick to thank Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, as well as Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, for sticking with the project. “They had the courage to say, ‘Do what’s right artistically. It’s already dated.’ I mean, it’s not like it’s going to get more dated. In fact, I think it helped us with the Goldman Sachs joke,” joked Grace.

Kavanaugh acknowledged taking a risk to distribute a period movie that doesn’t fit the mold. “It’s not a traditional studio film because of the sex and drug use, which make it a challenging movie to market. But it’s also very inexpensive. I think we paid $9.5 million for the domestic rights, so it doesn’t have to make a lot to be OK. The way our model works, we really can’t ever lose a lot.”

Relativity’s Tucker Tooley was one of several partygoers to invoke the memory of a recently passed Hollywood legend. “Ryan and I are from the John Hughes generation and when we first saw the movie, it was so reminiscent of those great comedies like ‘Say Anything’ or ‘The Breakfast Club,'” said Tooley.

While “Take Me Home Tonight” is described by many as Grace’s baby, he seemed relieved to shed the exec producer tag for his next movie, the spy thriller “The Double.”

Grace recalled, “On this next film I did with Richard Gere, there was some kind of a problem with the location or something, and when I saw the director and producer starting to talk I said, ‘I’ll be in my dressing room.'”

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