Take Me Home Tonight, the upcoming dramedy starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris, is set in 1988, and boasts a bevy of pop hits from the Reagan era. In this just-released video for the first single from the film’s soundtrack, a cover of Human League’s 1981 hit “Don’t You Want Me” by NYC rockers Atomic Tom, the cast hilariously reenacts scenes from beloved ’80s flicks. Watch it below!
Shooting the music video allowed the actors to do something that the film doesn’t do: have fun with ’80s nostalgia. “It’s not a spoof,” Grace tells SPIN about the flick, which is out March 4. “We wanted to make the first movie about the ’80s that isn’t making fun of the ’80s in any way. It’s like we went back in time to the ’80s and just shot it in the ’80s.”
During the clip, while Atomic Tom rocks out at a house party, the cast — Grace, Faris (who plays Grace’s sister), the stunning Teresa Palmer (Grace’s love interest), and Dan Fogler (the best buddy) — creates a little circle on the dancefloor. But instead of a dance-off, they act out little vignettes from movies like Teen Wolf, Say Anything, Risky Business, St. Elmo’s Fire, Ghostbusters, and loads more, in rapid-fire succession.
“It’s exactly what we were avoiding with the film, but we thought we’d go for it with the music video,” says Grace, who co-produced the movie.
Our favorites from the clip: Grace’s spot-on Marty McFly impression from Back to the Future, Faris and Grace doing the ceramic studio scene from Ghost, and Grace playing Elliott from E.T., but using an ALF doll as the alien while pouring Reese’s Pieces down his gullet.
Then there’s Palmer playing the computer-generated, midriff-baring hottie from Weird Science and re-creating the legendary Phoebe Cates bikini scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Very rewindable.
Which is your favorite ’80s movie spoof from the video? Tell us in the comments.
WATCH: Atomic Tom, “Don’t You Want Me”(DOWNLOAD MP3)
WATCH: Take Me Home Tonight trailer