Blu-ray/DVD Review: Limitless and Take Me Home Tonight

by Eric Melin on July 31, 2011

in Video Reviews

This review of new Blu-ray/DVDs of “Limitless” and “Take Me Home Tonight”originally appears on KTKA-49.

“Limitless” is new out on Blu-ray and DVD this week, and it stars Bradley Cooper as an unmotivated man who takes a pill that allows him to finally live up to his utmost potential. Suddenly, he’s finished his book in three days, made a fortune mastering the stock exchange, and is speaking fluent Cantonese to a waiter.

Despite some snazzy camera angles and showoff-y technique, “Limitless” dashes any hopes of originality when it ends up being nothing more than a cautionary tale about drug addiction. It’s a standard rise and fall tale, with a weird and inappropriately winking ending. That is, if you watch the original ending. The disc features an alternate ending that’s less snappy.

Post-college confusion is spotlighted in “Take Me Home Tonight,” also out this week. Topher Grace co-wrote and stars in this 80s-nostalgic comedy that relies too much on its big hair and bright clothes and not enough on getting inside the head of its characters.

The movie has a lot of slapstick party humor and most of it is pretty rote stuff. But it also wants desperately to be about something, going for a kind of “Say Anything” vibe. Even though Grace and his co-stars are likable, “Take Me Home Tonight” is too infatuated with its setting and too by-the-numbers with its storyline.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers and regular critic for KCTV5. He’s a member of the BFCA, VP of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also the current 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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