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Take Me Home (DVD Review)

22 May, 2012 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Street 5/29/12
Box Office $0.009 million
$26.95 DVD
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some sexual references.
Stars Sam Jaeger, Victor Garber, Cristine Rose, Lin Shaye, Bree Turner, Brennan Elliot, Amber Jaeger.

Thom (Sam Jaeger) can’t catch a break with his photography and is evicted, forcing him to drive his illegal taxicab in New York for some extra cash.

Meanwhile that same day, Claire (Amber Jaeger) finds her husband in a compromising situation with his assistant at home and learns that her estranged father has suffered a heart attack. These two strangers’ lives intersect in a comedic and curious way in Take Me Home.

On that rainy night, Thom picks up the distraught woman, and she demands that the scruffy cabbie just drive, anywhere. So he does. He could use the money and she needs an escape from the turmoil. When Claire awakes, they’re all the way in Pittsburgh, at which point she decides they should head to California, where her ailing father lives.

But things get real when their ill-conceived road trip is met with a series of roadblocks. These problems test Thom and Claire’s patience and integrity, and after a while the walls the two have set up come down. You’d be surprised at how the open road and limited resources can bring together two people from completely different walks of life.

Just when you think you’ve got the two figured out, Thom and Claire’s parents — played by seasoned actors Victor Garber and Christine Rose, and Lin Shaye, respectively — come in to fill in the blanks about their children’s pasts. These colorful moments only make the viewers empathize with Thom and Claire more. By the end of the road trip, they are different people.

Take Me Home offers two upbeat featurettes that illuminate the making of the indie film. Interestingly enough, the two main characters are real-life husband and wife, which explains their seamless chemistry, and the cast and crew actually took a road trip across America to create the movie.

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