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Take Me is a 2017 comedy film directed by Pat Healy, written by Mike Makowsky, and starring Healy opposite Taylor Schilling, along with Alycia Delmore and Jim O'Heir. The plot of the film is that Ray Moody (Healy) is an enterprising small businessman who does mock kidnappings, scenarios where a client pays him to abduct and kidnap them for various reasons ranging from forcing them to break a bad habit to living out a power fantasy. Ray gets an unusual request for a full weekend job (his usual job is for only eight hours), to abduct a bank employee named Anna St. Blair (Schilling), with a rider that he's expected to slap her around. The abduction goes successfully, and he concocts a plot where he's ostensibly kidnapping her to extract information about one Mr. Schwentke. She, understandably, has no idea what he's talking about. And then she manages to escape long enough to stab him. And then the police show up. And Ray learns that Anna apparently has no idea what's going on, and thinks she's legitimately been kidnapped... and then things get worse.

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This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • Accidental Kidnapping: This seems to be the case with Anna, with someone else having set up her kidnapping for their own nefarious purposes. It's revealed that she's just a very committed actor with a very complex scenario.
  • Bound and Gagged: This seems to be a standard part of Ray's theater, based on Anna, Stuart, and the various photographs of past customers.
  • Dodgy Toupee: A recurring theme in the film involves characters noting just how bad Ray's toupee is.
  • Faked Kidnapping: Ray specializes in voluntary fake kidnappings, albeit ones that generally seem to involve an agreement to not get law enforcement involved.
  • Force Feeding: Part of the intervention with Stuart involves force-feeding him over a dozen hamburgers in order to get him to stop over-eating. The end of the film indicates that it worked.
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  • Noodle Incident: Something happened in Vegas that resulted in Ray having to flee the state, his divorce from his wife who was also part of the business, and his aversion to hitting women. It's never fully explained what happened.
  • Tap on the Head: The intro with Stuart seems to indicate that this is a major part of how Ray subdues his "hostages" with little negative effect. Later, both wind up knocked out from blows to the head, unconscious for long amounts of time, with no negative effect other than briefly blurry vision.

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