Whenever actors take a stab at writing or directing there is always going to be doubt about what the outcome for their directing/writing debut will be. I do not know if it is just a running joke or a reasonable stereotype but you always hear writers or directors saying how actors act like they know everything about where the movie should go, what the scene should be like, and so forth basically to the point that actors are know it all’s. But I am always interested to see what they have to offer. Look at Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for example, Good Will Hunting is one of my favorites and they had no real experience with writing until that movie and ended up with an Oscar. So when I read on another blog (1book1movie) about Take Me Home which was written, directed, and starred by Sam Jaeger I thought why not give it a watch. (This is not the one with Topher Grace from That 70’s Show, that is Take Me Home Tonight)
Here is a brief plot synopsis for Take Me Home: Thom (Sam Jaeger) is a struggling photographer who moonlights as an illegal, solo taxi service to try to make ends meet. After being evicted from his apartment he picks up Claire (Amber Jaeger), a married business woman who just caught her husband at home with another woman and also just gotten news that her father has had a heart attack across the country in California. When Thom (under his taxi alias of Dan Reeves among many other lies he tells Claire) asks Claire where she wants to go and just tells him to drive. The long journey ahead uncovers a lot of lies and unfortunate setbacks about who Thom and Claire really are. Here is the trailer:
For a full feature directorial debut, Sam Jaeger did a good job. Take Me Home is a cute little indie romantic comedy. The movie moves along at a nice pace and offers a lot of laughs along with a lot of real life drama. I would say Sam and Amber Jaeger had good chemistry if that were not already obvious since they are married in real life. But the two did play their characters very well. There were times when I found myself rolling my eyes at Thom’s lies and Claire self-pitty moments but it was tolerable because it was well acted. When you see the movie you will know what I mean. Plus I liked how much they took advantage of the fact they were driving a New York taxi of all things across the country.
Overall, Take Me Home is a nice romantic comedy and well done writing/directing debut by Sam Jaeger, I give it a 7/10. It was very predictable which is not a bad thing necessarily but it was missing that element of surprise.