Hot Tub Time Machine

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.

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5 responses to “Hot Tub Time Machine

  1. I keep hearing from my friends that this film is hilarious. Definitely going to check this one out.

  2. Enjoyed this movie a great deal. Funny story though: many of my students felt it got much less funny once they were back in the 80’s. I told them that was because they hadn’t lived through leg warmers and bad hair the first time…

  3. I couldn’t NOT see a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine, and my friends are like dope fiends for John Cusack.
    I agree with the review, I’d vote for the character relationship over the gross out humor as well. Some of that humor seemed a bit forced.

  4. It reminded me of She’s out of My League, cause both films relied too much on being vulgar, and raunchy for laughs. Their both funny, but they took the cheap way to be funny.

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