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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