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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)


Like Snakes on a Plane, what you see is what you get.

Fueled by energy drinks, vodka and nostalgia for their younger, wilder days, a group of aging best friends (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke) travel back in time to 1987, where they get the chance to relive the best year of their lives. And their time machine? Well, it’s a hot tub.

When you watch this film, you must remove any part of your brain that has any type of reality, or sense, and you can enjoy this film. The reason why I enjoyed it.

I never thought I would say this but a film with a title like Hot Tub Time Machine, is actually pretty smart. Crazy I know, but it works in many ways. The more you recognize things like MTV, Ronald Reagan, the brick-sized cell phones, the Kanye glasses, Crispin Glover’s casting, leg warmers, and the references and homages to movies like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”, “Red Dawn”, and “The Terminator”, the more you’ll laugh your ass off. There’s even a “Rambo” poster hanging around somewhere. But, the thing is that it’s not all filled with 80s jokes, but there is a LOT of them.

The film is not afraid to pull the type of punches it has. This is RAUNCHY to a new level, without a doubt, and for some it may get way too dirty, but for me, ehh its whatever. Some jokes were mostly hit-or-miss but I laughed enough over, just chuckling. You will soon realize that this movie is sef-aware that its joke, but you never quite find yourself crying on the floor. But I have got to say one thing, this is exactly what comedy needs in today’s world: dirty, raunchy, irrelevant, fun.

The film is a riff on the whole 80s movie genre, and having John Cusack in the lead role, gave it that push it was looking for. However, I just found him to be boring, and always depressing. His character took a lot away from the story at hand, and the scenes with him just drag on. Craig Robinson, as usual, is hilarious, because mostly everything he does, he plays the same crazy black guy, that just belts out hilarious lines. Rob Corddry and Clark Duke, play the same characters they always do in almost every movie, but it works well here, blending nuttiness, with reality.

The cameos from this film are obviously alive, and alright. Chevy Chase is not funny at all, as this random-ass repair man, and could have been used as an extra, and would have been even better. It was also funny to see William Zabka playing his usual ully type roles he always plays. But the best here is Crispin Glover, as the bell boy, who is a running gag, but works so well. Nice homage to the Back to the Future days.

Consensus: Don’t expect any sense or reality from this film, but Hot Tub Time Machine works cause of its non-stop laughs, that border along terrible raunch, and funny satire.

7/10=Rental!!

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8 responses to “Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

  1. Kevin Blumeyer April 25, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for the comment. I completely disagree with you about Cusack, though. I thought he was the heart of the movie, but I could be biased since he’s one of my favorite actors. I thought Corddry was funny at first before becoming completely irritating and exhausting, and was equally disappointed in Chase’s contribution.

  2. Franz Patrick April 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I still haven’t seen this but I’m looking forward to it. Sometimes, a brainless comedy detached from reality is the right medicine. I love anything 80s. =p

  3. Aiden R April 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Good review, man. I’m with ya on Cusack and I also thought Crispin was the highlight of the movie. That scene at the beginning where he’s chucking luggage across the room with his one good arm and then asks for a tip had me howling. Good stuff.

  4. Carrie May 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I kind of agree with you on Cusack, but Clark Duke is fairly new to the game, so to call him out as playing the same kind of character is a bit off in my opinion.

  5. MovieManJackson July 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Love the bit at the beginning about movies with these type of titles. At least there are no surprises. Good review as always Dan.

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