Three friends are on a losing streak: Adam, whose girlfriend dumped him, Nick, with a dead-end job and a cheating wife, and Lou, a suicidal alcoholic. To help Lou recover from car-exhaust poisoning, Adam and Nick, with Adam’s nephew Jacob, go to a winter resort that was their old party place. It’s now a dump, but the guyss rally for a night of drinking in the hot tub. Somehow, the hot tub takes them back to 1986, on a fateful night for each of them.
Rating: 8 out of 10
What makes a movie fun? It’s the hardest quality for a film to achieve because it’s not something inherent to the pages of the script. It’s something almost organic that is achieved in the chemistry of the characters through the actors’ performances. In other words; if they’re having fun, we’re having fun.
We’re in luck with this film because “Hot Tub Time Machine” is an absolute blast because the four principle actors — John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke — are so good together. It’s a miracle that a film based on a time machine jacuzzi could have been good. It’s not perfect, but it’s very successful when it focuses on the relationships of the characters and the decisions they would have changed in the past. It’s very unsuccessful whenever it is throwing gross-out elements at us which include pulling car keys out of a dog’s ass and throwing them at its owner, projectile vomiting, and seeing a guy’s arm get severed off. But don’t let that deter you. It still has the most important comedic ingredient: fun.