Hot Tub Time Machine: Movie Review
Cast: John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry,
Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase
Director: Steve Pink
Let's face it, you're not heading to Hot Tub Time Machine for witty erudite
It's the story of a group of guys who've got various issues - John Cusack's
Adam's just been dumped; Craig Robinson's Nick has an unfaithful wife and a job
that involves him sticking his hand in dog's bottoms; Clark Duke is a teen who's
going nowhere and Rob Corddry's Lou has just tried to commit suicide.
Spurred into action by the suicide attempt, the quartet head to one of their
haunts from their past to live it up. But when they get there, they find the
party resort has gone down the dumps - and deciding to get drunk, the guys head
to the hot tub to party.
After a night's decadence - and a shoe horned in plot device, they awake to
find themselves back in the 1980s and as younger versions of themselves at
That entails of course - the birth of MTV, leg warmers, fears the Russians
are about to invade and Ronald Reagan.
As they try and work out how to get back to 2010, all four of them must
confront mistakes from their past and ensure nothing's changed.
What can be said about this? The film finds its level in the first few
moments as Craig Robinson's failed musician pulls out a pair of car keys from a
dog's backside and throws them straight to its owner&subtle it ain't.
Also, sadly, it's not as funny as it could be - unless you're a teen who
wants to see plenty of bare breasts, vomit and toilet humour. Granted you know
Hot Tub Time Machine isn't going to be anything other than a variant of the
gross out comedy, but with a bit more effort in the script, this could have
played out a little less predictably.
Despite some sweet moments involving the eternal issues of people growing up
and a relatively amusing ongoing gag about Crispin Glover's one armed bell boy
being about to lose his arm, there are more gross out moments than anything
And it's a shame as most of the cast seem up for this; Cusack is as cool as
ever and injects sad loser Adam with a bit of a warmth; and I even had some
sympathy and laughs with Craig Robinson's character.
Hot Tub Time Machine was a great disposable concept - sadly the execution
leaves you with a hangover without all the fun - and a feeling that you're glad
the eighties are firmly in the past.