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Hot Tub Time Machine

A 2010 comedy movie directed by Steve Pink.

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  • Apr 30, 2011

Oh boy.

I have no one to blame but myself.  Outside of a cute title, this is a movie that telegraphs about 10 miles away, I saw it coming and saw it anyway.  Time to do a roll call to see if everything is in place:

Pop culture references?  Check

Self referential humor IE John Cusack yelling "I hate the 80s!"  Check.

Pointless cameos by 80's stars IE Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase?  Check.  (I wonder if Chevy was in on his own joke that he's an 80's relic?)

Pointless nudity?  Check.

Foursome of guys in a way to parrot the success of a funnier and similar movie, The Hangover?  Check.

Terrible phony foreshadowing humor that "That 70's Show" made a staple.  Check.

A pat ending?  Oh yeah.

Eeeesh..........I had JUST watched Black Swan before this.......I knew this movie was going to suck....whats wrong with me?

Well what is this movie about other then a........hot tub time machine?  Well, four loser guys try to recapture some old glory with a weekend of booze and broads with limited success.  Seeing a hot tub outside they all decide, why not?  Get naked in the hot tub.  After too much beer and an energy drink fudging the circuits, the foursome wake up in the mid 80s.  How can you tell it's the 80's?  Cause cell phones are as big as a cinder block and the fashion is hideous!  Thats how!  

Three of the guys were alive and kicking back then but the 4th wasn't alive, and John Cusacks actions determine if he'll still be alive after all this.  Hey wasn't that the plot of Back to the Future?  Never mind, one scene has two of the guys betting on sports to make money.......wait, wasn't that the plot of Back to the Future TWO?!  Can the guys get back home with the aid of they're stolen energy drink to work the hot tub to get back and see what damage they did to the present day....hey wait........isn't that the plot of..oh f**k it who cares anymore, you know where this is going, kinda like this movie.

What I found amazing is how desperate the guys are to make sure the future comes out safe and sound and short of the one being born, the three guys are LOSERS.  One is getting divorced by a shrew, one has a crap job (literally) when he once had a promising career and the other MIGHT be successful but he may or may not have attempted suicide.  He says no, but seeing him in the movie we're always thinking yes.  I would ask ANY of these guys why ANY of them would want to have things go back to the way we was?

Hot Tub Time Machine really REALLY tries to be about something other then it's gags but the story is flimsy and the gags aren't funny, short of a scene calling a future wife and telling her off, let alone the girl isn't even double digits in age yet.  No it's not the worst movie I've seen and thats only cause I've seen a Seltzerberg movie and Attack of the Clones.  HTTM is at LEAST entertaining.

Seriously, this and BLACK SWAN.........I need a DeLorean to travel back to prevent an awful wrong, I'll settle for a Bird Of Prey or a British Police Box.

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May 03, 2011
I wasn't fond of this movie either. I think I gave it a 2 out of 5. (can't even remember)
May 05, 2011
I don't even remember anything ABOUT this movie. No one joke that was funny. No one scene that stuck out, NOTHING.
May 05, 2011
I know what you mean. Now that I really think about it...you are right.
May 05, 2011
W=Even the one joke I mentioned, where the guy calls his wife in the past to yell at her, I forgot about until I re-read the review.
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*** out of ****     I try as hard as I can not to laugh or so much as enjoy what most would call "guy films". Yet, I have enjoyed past "guy films", such as "The Hangover", "The 40-Year Old Virgin", and now, "Hot Tub Time Machine". While my relationship with this film is about the same as my relationship with other successful guy films, I still enjoyed the thing to the core. "Hot Tub Time Machine" essentially exists to be a raunchy, crude, often times immature but never juvenile …
review by . March 16, 2011
Hot Tub Time Machine... god, what a movie. I just finished watching it and I already have fond memories of it. Some of you may think that I am giving this a higher rating than it truly deserves, but I think it deserves an 80. I went into this movie fully expecting to hate it, but my expectations of hilarity were passed and then some. It takes an utterly ridiculous premise (and some definite parallels to Back to the Future) and makes it into a great modern day comedy, dare I even say a new comedy …
review by . July 12, 2010
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review by . August 02, 2010
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At first glance, Hot Tub Time Machine (Unrated) [Blu-ray] seems like a mix between Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] and The Hangover (R-Rated Single-Disc Edition). It had the potential to be a really funny movie, particularly the speculation about when the bellboy loses his arm. Unfortunately, the constant cursing (especially f-bombs), unsubtle sex scenes, and simply disgusting moments really ruin the film. I don't mind some of this stuff, but too much …
Quick Tip by . April 29, 2011
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Lame comedy about 4 guys who end up in the mid 80's and trying to keep things straight so that they can preserve they're pathetic lives. At least the title was clever.
review by . May 11, 2010
A funny but crude blast from the past.
   Adam (John Cusack) is a man going nowhere fast. Upon his return home one day, Adam finds his girlfriend gone, his nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) in his basement addicted to playing online games that simulate real life, and his friend Lou (Rob Corddry) in the hospital. When Adam meets up with his friend Nick (Craig Robinson) at the hospital, Nick attempts to brighten up Lou by offering him a trip to their old ski resort to relive the fun of their youth. With Jacob tagging along, the three …
review by . April 14, 2010
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Adam, Nick & Lou have been "sort of" friends since high school, in the early 80s. Now, decades later, they are distant from each other and have grown into essentially unhappy, poorly adjusted people. When Lou nearly dies in an accident, the three friends, plus Adam's nephew Jacob head to a ski lodge that was the site of many debauched weekend ski trips for the three older men. (Apparently, reliving past glory is someone's idea of a "pick me up" getaway) Much like the men themselves, the lodge is …
Quick Tip by . September 05, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
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Been too long since John Cusack was in a comedy set in the 80s at a ski resort. . . ah, how it brought back memories of Better Off Dead.
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Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American comedy film directed by Steve Pink and produced by MGM/United Artists. It stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Lizzy Caplan, and Collette Wolfe. In addition to Cusack, the film also features stars from 1980s films such as Chevy Chase, Crispin Glover and William Zabka. The film was released on March 26, 2010.

Hot Tub Time Machinehits the bull's-eye: it's 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 Adam's 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 doesn't capture the movie's rambunctious, daffy spirit as much as… well, the ridiculous title: this is a movie calledHot Tub Time Machine! Any expectation you may have will be met and surpassed. John Cusack delivers another underplayed yet marvelously funny performance, his best sinceHigh Fidelity; Clark Duke, from the TV showGreek, proves a promising young comic talent. But the ...
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Director: Steve Pink
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 26, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
Runtime: 99 minutes
Studio: MGM
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