Hot Tub Time Machine hits the bulls-eye its a rude, crude comedy with enough smarts and emotional sweetness to make it completely entertaining. Seeking to bring some youthful optimism back to their failed, miserable lives, three middle-aged guys--Adam (John Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Lou (Rob Corddry)--go to a mountain resort where they spent some of their wildest days (reluctantly dragging along Adams nephew, Jacob, played by newcomer Clark Duke). A drunken accident in the titular hot tub sends them swirling back to 1986, where each of them decides to risk changing the future (and possibly erasing Jacob from existence) by doing things just a little differently. A plot summary doesnt capture the movies rambunctious, daffy spirit as much as well, the ridiculous title this is a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine! Any expectation you may have will be met and surpassed. John Cusack delivers another underplayed yet marvelously funny performance, his best since High Fidelity Clark Duke, from the TV show Greek, proves a promising young comic talent. But the movie really belongs to Robinson and Corddry, whove been floating around the edges of tons of comedies--some have been good, some have been bad, but theyve both been consistently funny even in crappy movies. Hot Tub Time Machine gives them center stage and lets them reveal the comic chaos they can deliver. It helps, but is not necessary, to have lived through the 80s to find Hot Tub Time Machine exquisitely silly.
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Although suffering from occasional lazy writing and attention gettingbanter, "Hot Tub Time Machine" has genuine laughs and hilariousmoments. John Cusack gives it extra star power with a solid reputationfor offbeat films. It lacks highly quotable lines or clever dialog, butit has plenty of energetic physical comedy and insider jokes, whichseem funny even when you have no idea what they mean. They also keeptripping over things in a subtle tribute to Chevy Chase, who brieflyappears as a cryptic repairman, and they run into a few squirrelsreminiscent of the ground hog in "Caddyshack".It's a quirky comedy with a time travel plot device: three guys travelback to the 80s and relive moments they shared as friends at the KodiakValley Ski Resort. A younger video game and Internet junkie, Jacob(Clark Duke), joins them, perhaps because his uncle Adam (John Cusack)wants to get him unplugged and out of his basement. You might rememberClarke Duke from "Greek" where he plays a more ambitious sciencestudent. Here he plays a loafer but still a geek.They decide to go on the trip after Lou (Rob Corddry) recklessly drivesinto his garage and ends up in a hospital. He was heavily drinking fromtwo bottles, one in each hand, with exhaust spewing into his garage ashe rocked to 80s music, keeping beat with air drums and revving theengine. The doctors think he tried to commit suicide, as do two of hischildhood friends: Nick (Craig Robinson) and Adam (John Cusack). Well,technically they're friends since they were as kids, but mostly Lou isa pain and they avoid his calls. However, they don't have stellar liveseither Â Adam just got dumped and Nick suspects his wife of cheating Âso they feel his pain and take him on a trip back to Kodiak to relievestress.After hospital humor, with Lou splashing urine from his catheter, weget car humor. The three older guys whisper about a great white buffaloas they slowly work into a mood of nonstop guy humor. They don't stopto explain anything to the audience; instead they count on mood andenergy to bring laughs (they succeed). Jacob (Clark Duke) gets into funsarcastic exchanges with Lou, which are more funny on a second viewingonce you know their past relationship.The trip comes to a screeching halt when they find the resort townrundown and much less enjoyable than in their youth. They sit flippingquarters. But luckily a trip back to the 80s (through a hot tub as thetitle suggests) reinvigorates them, which is especially true since theytransform into their younger selves when looking at mirrors (not surehow that works).The reveal at the 1986 time period is nicely gradual. They noticecolorful clothes, long hair, and a "where's the beef?" shirt. Butfinding out that Michael Jackson is still black provides definitiveproof. Tape cassettes are in and email is meaningless. Ronald Reagan ispresident and AIDS is rampant, so they want out. They decide to doeverything they did in 1986 to avoid causing any unwanted butterflyeffects. Lou has to take humiliation from a bully all over again, Adamhas to dump his girlfriend (and get stabbed in the eye with a fork),and Nick has to relive his mediocre signing performance.The director, Steve Pink, has a history working as a credited writer,co-producer, and music supervisor in previous John Cusack films ("HighFidelity", "Gross Point Blank"). Pink gets many jokes to work based onthe 80s time period, such as Jacob's realization that he can'tcommunicate online and would have to meet people in person. But we haveto tolerate a bit of loud banter about time travel, which sounds alltoo much like the stuff people say at parties just to get attention. Itworks better in person where people feel an obligation to laugh.As with many comedy films, the buildup and middle parts are funniest.But some of the later scenes are noteworthy: Nick calls his nine yearold wife, blubbering and crying like a child as he blames her forcheating on him in the future. Mostly he is just distraught that hislife has become devoid of any meaning besides his wife (of the future)and he's giving himself a pep talk to take control of his life. It'sthe same lesson they all learn (along with the value of maintainingfriendships). Except Jacob -- just try to take away his video games.Jacob endures his share of problems: his 1986 mom is obsessed with sex,which shouldn't surprise him since he knows he was conceived at aboutthe same time period. Once the crude jokes and moral of the storyintrude on the plot, it becomes a bit like stock comedy. But thecrudity isn't very extreme, and it has fun moments that arise out of80s humor and the sheer energy of Rob Corddry.
I first heard of this movie back in January of this year. I thought itsounded funny, but one I wouldn't pay to see in the theater. Then I sawthe trailer, I thought it looked funny, and I decided "Eh, why not gosee it? Should be good". Then my friend got an advance showing ticketand he invited me. I thought, "hey it's a free advance showing, go forit!" So I did. So anyways, that was a week ago today.Tonight was the screening of the movie. And boy, did I love it or what!This is definitely a movie I would pay to go see again in the theater.From its stellar cast to its substantial amount of crude and grosshumor, this is a film that is rude, crude, and unabashedly vulgar- andproud of it. And it's another roller-coaster comedy- the moment youthink it'll get boring, it throws even bigger laughs your way. So inthat sense, I can definitely say that I am glad I went. It was one hellof a hilarious comedy that kept me laughing.After a stint that almost gets a person killed, his friends who arealso unfortunately living rock bottom lives invite him to go on a roadtrip up to a snowy alpine town named Kodiak Valley, taking one'snephew. The town is practically desolate, and the hotel room is crappy.However, they find out their suite has a hot tub, and they get prettytrashed. Unknowingly, they knock over an energy drink and spill it onthe panel.The next morning, they wake up, but things aren't what they seem. Forone, everyone's wearing fashion that was made big in the eighties.there's only one logical explanation: The hot tub was a time machinethat transported them back to 1986!!!! However, since 3 of them areadults, they also discover they traveled to the day they went there forthe Winterfest music festival with Poison headlining. So they decide tore-live the night they'll forever remember, while simultaneously tryingto get back to 2010, ending up in several sticky situations along theway! This was a fun movie for sure. It was totally odd yet hilarious.Tons of belly laughs, lots of WTF moments. Cusack sure didn't ruin hiscareer with this one- he is very funny and he proved he can take on arude and crude comedy very well. Crispin Glover has a small role here,and he really did the deed here too. But, the real star of the showhere is someone I usually dislike- Rob Cordry. He stole the showgreatly here. He was the real highlight here. He was consistently funnythrough and had me laughing so hard to the point I couldn't breathe.However, I recommend that you do NOT let kids see this movie. Thejokes, as I mentioned are rude and crude and extremely vulgar whichalmost push an NC-17 rating here. There's tons of sex jokes as well andcouple ugly sex scenes that do nothing but add hilarity to the movie.The ending also takes a direction that most comedies nowadays don't.You expect the clichÃ© comedy ending but you get something here that youare NOT expecting at all, so it gob-smacks you. I wasn't expecting it,and it made the experience even funnier for me.In short, this was an amazing experience that is not for the squeamishand definitely not for the prudish. And I for sure will see it againwhen it gets released I will see it again for sure.
Confused about the title of this review? I'm not so sure I get it, but I can tell you this "Hot Tub Time Machine" is an unapologetically crude and gut bustingly hilarious motion picture. I have to hand it to the screenwriters for giving the movie a lot of heart in its obscenities and warmth in its vulgarity. If that sounds more like an insult than praise than you've got me all wrong. I laughed out loud in this movie. I found myself forgetting about the preposterous hot tub that magically whisks three life long forty something year old friends and one dopey 20 year old computer geek nit wit back to 1986 at their favorite lodge, then in its glory days, that is presently a health violation facility and should probably be condemned. Instead, I focused on the characters and how they each try to change the course of their futures. However, the genuinely funny moments are in the dialogue which consist of the "F" word profusely, but never mind, and the outrageous comedic timing of John Cusack at his wry best, Craig Robinson at the peak of his career, Rob Corddry who steals the show with awesomeness, and of course, Clark Duke who gives nerds a bad name. Many of you die hard John Hughes fans will respect the homages to his films throughout the movie which is an especially nice touch, but, in the end, its the performances of the actors that shine and elevate what could have been a terrible idea for a movie into a piece of comic gold. This is one of the funniest movies of the year by far. I recommend it.
Forget The Hangover, If you remember the 80's, this movie is great! Definately crude, but couldnt stop laughing.New Cult Classic!!!!
Four guys travel through time to the year 1986 with a hot tub.Three ofthem were teens back then, and they become the teen versions ofthemselves.So it's party time for these dudes! But there's also theconcern of the whole getting back to their own time.Hot Tub TimeMachine (2010) is directed by Steve Pink.The actors act the way they'resupposed to act in this kind of a movie.So you can't expect anyOscar-worthy material.This probably isn't John Cusack's brightestmoment.Here he plays Adam Yates.Rob Corddry plays Lou Dorchen.CraigRobinson is Nick Webber.Clark Duke is Jacob Yates.Comedian Chevy Chaseplays the part of The Repair Man.Sebastian Stan plays Blaine.LizzyCaplan is April Drennan.Crispin Glover plays the part of the one-armedbellboy Phil Wedmaier.Collette Wolfe is Kelly Yates.The movie goespretty gross from time to time.Like who needs all that vomit? I guessthat's what some modern moviegoers ask for, but not me.But it managesto be pretty funny in some places.You have to like when Nick and hisband perform Pink's hit "Let's Get It Started".What I did enjoy in thismovie the most was the time travel theme itself.Stepping into the 80'swith all the bright colors and that music.I guess it's the teens andsome time travel freaks that can get the most out of this movie.
The only reason worth watching is Craig Robinson,John Cusack(I've never liked him) truly bombs in this and then you have another stinkbomb like chevy chubby chaser in it.The premise is beyond dumb and despite a cameo from Thomas Lennon(Reno 911) and some shock value moments and of course a jab at Reagan(Cusack "the 80's We Had Reagan..."),plenty of boobage too.It really isn't the funny as a whole,I must admit I do like the Motley Lue and Lueggle though.
I'm not sure when it started, but the mix of feigned airheaded andhighly sarcastic 'humor' dominating most comedy films today is wearingthin on me. It's laid on so thick in Hot Tub Time Machine, I almostwant to give the creators the benefit of the doubt for a scathingparody of the phenomenon, but I can't quite make myself believe it.The movie is a fairly cookie cutter back-in-time affair, but unlikemost comedy in that vein, this film seems to have a real contempt forits subject matter. Rather than seeking to establish a settingrealistic to the 80s era it unfolds in, Hot Tub Time Machine settlesfor a few hair band soundtrack standards, a few token costume nods anda handful of visual references to the movies of the era. However, thereis nothing of the feeling of the time as the film continues along theusual modern trend of screamed obscenity and low brow physical humor.The actors are irrelevant as their cardboard cutout characters neverget developed to any significant degree. The story, even if written inparody, is a limp clichÃ© from start to finish. The jokes are tired.Even the soundtrack plays like a 80s party hits template.This movie ultimately has the feel of a bad idea, badly executed thatgot reluctantly tossed out for scrap DVD sales. As someone who grew upin the 80s, I didn't find it even tokenly fun as it really seems todespise its subject matter. On its own merit, it doesn't even measureas a half-hearted attempt.
Unlike some other folks, I really wanted to LIKE this movie, especially after strong word of mouth and many good reviews when it first came out. Unfortunately, the film is extremely disappointing. Keep in mind that some of my all-time favorite comedy films are GHOSTBUSTERS, BACK TO THE FUTURE, MEET THE PARENTS, 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, ANIMAL HOUSE, BLUES BROTHERS, ANNIE HALL, IT'S A MAD MAD...WORLD. Recently, I loved THE HANGOVER, which leads this revitalized genre of group bromance comedies. This HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is utter nonsense, from beginning to end, and I warn you not to waste your time or money on it. Flimsy script, poor direction, poor pacing, forced sex humor (for juveniles)
One of the worst movies ever. The name makes it sound kind of interreting and entertaining, which I can I also say about the basic plot- but everything else was downhill. Where do I start.The people were terrible, completely immoral, crazy, and horribly disgusting, bordering the point of evil. They make women look like sex-toys, not humans. The movie was drowned in cursing, with the "F" word dominating the screen. The cursing is what really turned this from a terrible movie, to truly one of the most heart-burning films ever made.The writters, the cast, the director, adn anyone else who participated in the making of this movie should be ashamed, these people set Satan-like examples. How they can call themselves people, I don't know!It's movies like these that are truly the Bane of America, they destroy and devour. I couldn't even finish watching this filthy movie.
It's been a long time since I walked out of a movie. This one was sobad I couldn't justify the lost time sitting there like a moronwatching the very not funny morons on the screen. I went because JohnCusack was in it and figured he can only sink so low. I was wrong. Hecan't just need the money. I guess he needed something to do, butstill. The characters were all just plain stupid, one being totallyobnoxious but not in a funny way. Just obnoxious. An insult to anyonewith half a brain. The plot, of course, is preposterous, but I knewthat before I went in. It is possible to be creative even with aridiculous plot. There was absolutely NO creativity present in thisfilm (the first half at least, I just couldn't tolerate any moregrossness and stupidity that just wasn't funny). Save yourself a fewbucks and DO NOT SEE THIS FILM!
A review could really consist of just mottos: "If you can remember the'80s, you wouldn't want to be there". "Back to the Future Hangover".Hot Tub Time Machine is silly, obscene, and filled with profanity; thecharacters are barely likable (except for Nick, played by CraigRobinison), and it moves so fast that you don't get any chance to get asense of who's who. And yet ... it's sometimes (and pretty often)fall-on-the-floor funny; the first clue is Chrispin Glover's surlyone-armed bellhop, who THROWS the luggage on the floor from the cartand then sticks his one arm out for a tip. After being transported tothe 80s (don't ask whether this makes sense) the quartet all findthemselves reliving episodes they (or three of them) remember clearlyand are afraid to change (for fear of changing time and space; they'veseen every time travel movie made and and they know the lingo and theproblems.) What it's really about is three guys who don't like the waytheir lives turned out, yet are afraid to change; it turns the familiar"butterfly-effect" trope on its head in that just maybe things might bebetter (not worse) if you changed the past in some way. Along the waythere are a lot of little snarks about the 80s ... and a continuingsaga of "will the bellhop lose his arm or not?". A couple of caveats:Lots (and lots and lots) of profanity and an ending that was a littletoo sweet. Other than that this is the funniest comedy I've seen thisyear.
According to me the movie had a pit-fall as far as the expectation orthe hype of the audience is concerned. Especially the fans of theSci-Fiction comedy genre. Even though the movie had the lot ofsequences which demanded good amount of visual effects it had not beenexploited well. I am afraid that the Director considered only the makeand costumes as a medium to express the audience about the time periodin the 80's. Even though that was not sufficient enough to drag us intothat mood of Rock music and hippie hair-styled guys! The Screenplay wasawfully predictable and the comedy was at times crude and repetitive innature . And moreover we had seen these in a lots and lots of teenbuddy movies LOL! As far as the Cast is concerned it was apt for theplot they took up. And the performance was fine. The Background scoreand music was not very original and innovative but was crisp at times.The Location reminds the thought of being filmed in a set on variousinstances. The Relationship of the Nephew character with the Leadcharacter was not very realistic but the friends character seemed towork fine.To sum it up the movie is a one that you can enjoy when you needed somehumor content plot and some sort of adventure mixed with Sci-Ficelement. Well suitable on a lazy afternoon or a rainy day on which youhave decided to rest on a couch staring some rubbish reality shows.Check it out , you won't regret. I give 6 out of 10.
**1/2 out of ****John Cusack and some of his beer-drinking adult buddies spend a weekendat an old ski resort and then accidentally travel back in time to 1986via a magical hot tub. Now they've got a chance to re-live some of thesame events they experienced the first time around when they wereyounger, though they must try and duplicate exactly what happened tothem at the time in order not to screw up their present conditions (orsomething like that). This is nothing more or less than your typicaloutrageous comedy of the day and it's not very unique, though thecharacters have a pretty good chemistry together. It's Rob Corddry'swildly unethical loser who steals the show, however. Speaking assomeone around the same age as the guys in this film, I don't recallthe year 1986 to be all that substantially different from 2010, onceyou get past the Internet and cell phones. This might have beensomething else if the cast were tossed back to the early '70s instead.With appearances by Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase's grandfather (agingis a terrible thing, isn't it?).
Look like the directer was crazy to finish this one in a hurry. The story moved along to swiftly giving viewers time to absorb what was happening. Their were too many: "How did this happen, how did that happen"? The acting was like a 1920, One pitches while the other catches to tell a story. The direction and background was cheap like the dead raccoon in the tube.
This review is from: Hot Tub Time Machine (Amazon Instant Video) Definitely a guys movie. They could have done better with Chevy Chase and John Cusack in the movie. More time just being silly rather than reflecting the dramatic differences between growing up in the 1980's and now.
I didn't think It was going to be funny at all, boy was I wrong. It is not for kids at all. every person watching it was laughing the entire time. This one is funny in a way that makes you really laugh out loud. great ending as well. all the actors did great. It will cheer you up. Love to see it again.
As a huge comedy its been a while since seeing a movie that can make melaugh beyond a slight giggle, and this movie has served me well, itsgood to see well known actors take part in this film, and although iwas too young to recall the 80's it does capture the moment very welland how it all worked back then without our privileges today. a worldlacking what we need today and how it still worked, but i don't want togive too much away.there were some moments that kept you curious in terms of "whats goingto happen" so be prepared.i don't think it was the directors intention to make it worth of anaward, but i welcoming idea to entertain and boy it does.
This review is from: Hot Tub Time Machine (DVD) This DVD was cut in a thousand places, almost totally deleting the subtle humor that was the mainstay of the movie as originally released. Changes like the elimination of the conversation where the friends decide to go to Kodiak Valley, substitution of a can of energy drink for a iPhone, and a different time travel sequence make this move a chopped up mess. The editors have destroyed both the continuity and integrity of the film. This is a real shame as the original release was actually very funny but the humor has been dumbed down on this DVD. I do not recommend this DVD at all, it is a waste of time. The original in the theater was fun, this DVD is just confusing and banal.
This movie was so lame, I felt bad for wasting my time watching it. Itsbad when the sound track is the best part of a movie. The premise wasbad, its just a bunch of random events that reflect a time period butthen it just gets worse. It uses old bad guy routines that have nomystery to them and then the ending is so weak that I wanted to puke.Who writes this crap, I don't even want to talk about it. The jokes ifany, were so bad and sophomoric, I barely had a reason to chuckle. Gosee "Death at a funeral", instead. I'm repeating myself just to meetthe minimum word requirement. It is so bad only the ,"People ofWalmart", would find it funny.