Take Me Home (2011)

(Image via Cinema Funk)
(Image via Cinema Funk)

Thom is a struggling-for-work photographer who, after another failed interview, returns to his apartment to find his landlord clearing it out and tossing all of his belongings into the hall.

With no more photography gigs on the horizon and now no apartment to sleep in, Thom turns to his second job — as an unlicensed New York City cab driver — to distract himself from his terribly day and hopefully make a few bucks.

Claire Barrow is also having a terrible day. She’s professionally successful, but her marriage is in shambles, and she’s just been told that her father had a heart attack. After leaving the office, she hails Thom’s cab, not realizing that it’s illegitimate.

Hopping in Thom’s cab, Claire tells him to that she doesn’t have a destination, and eventually falls alseep. The next morning, she wakes up and Thom is still driving. They’ve made it to Pennsylvania.

Though angry with Thom at first, Claire decides to pay him to drive her all the way to California so she can see her father, since they’re already on the road. He accepts the offer with some reluctance, and the two strangers set off on a cross-country road trip, leaving their problems in New York behind.

Take Me Home was written and directed by Sam Jaeger, who also stars as Thom. His wife, Amber Jaeger, fills the role of Claire. The cast is rounded out by Bree Turner, Lin Shaye, Cristine Rose and Victor Garber.

(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)
(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

This film’s strongest assets are its characters, which are written very realistically. Though they encounter some oddballs along their journey, the main characters aren’t delivered with a heavy dose of quirk as the characters are in most films of this type. Rather, they’re average people who are meandering their way through life, one struggle after another.

Sam and Amber Jeager do very well in their roles. I didn’t realize that they were married in the real world until after I watched the film. Early on in the film their characters don’t get along very well, tossing out frequent sarcastic jabs and judgments before eventually coming to understand and appreciate one another. This transformation in their relationship is carried off successfully, with the real-life romance between the two actors having no impact on their abilities to antagonize each other.

(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)
(Screen capture by Lindsey for TMP)

Since it aims for realism, Take Me Home isn’t an extremely fast-paced film, but it does engross the viewer throughout its running time. In addition to the characters being written well, the story is also nicely-crafted, with a few surprises thrown in throughout the road trip.

Take Me Home is more than just a solid indie rom-com — it’s a thoroughly enjoyable film. Its story is portrayed in an often subtle and always honest way through solid performances. Super cute ending, too. I loved it. The score: 5/5

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