Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Reviews
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Hot Tub Time Machine is a waste of 90 minutes. It is poorly written and listlessly acted. It seems like it was penned by a community college film script writing class on a bet that they could say f*ck more times than Super Bad, Casino and any Martin Lawrence stand up show combined.
The plot makes no sense and is mean spirited. Worst of all it has Chevy Chase as the hot tub repairman.
Pretty funny movie but the language is HORRIBLE!!! DO NOT TAKE YOUR KIDS TO SEE THIS!
This movie was pretty funny! It was humor that would only be funny for a small percentage of people that were around in that time, but I enjoyed it. If you are born from 1965 - 1979 you will like it.
It's called Hot Tub Time Machine, which means you're either going to be along for the trip or you're going to get left behind. Luckily, I was looking forward to the trip down memory lane to a time when spandex and neon were considered hip. And I wasn't disappointed. It's not the new "Hangover" like people say, but it had enough funny moments and nostalgic touches to make it an enjoyable ride.
The premise is simple: three friends (John Cusack, Craig Robinson and the scene stealing Rob Corddry), along with Cusack's nerdy nephew (Clark Duke) travel back to 1986, where they at first attempt to live life the same way they did before, so as not to mess up space and time, until they can find their way home. Of course, these are guys who have messed everything up in their lives, so they take the opportunity to change things, and not always for the better.
The film is a mix of gross-out comedy (which is actually in pretty low supply) and buddy redemption flick (with a surprisingly touching moment at the end of the film). There are homages to 80s icons (including turns by Crispin Glover and William Zabka) sprinkled throughout the film, which keeps up the interest even when the story starts to drag. You need everyone involved in a movie like this to be game, and everyone is. It's fun to see Cusack (star of numerous 80s classics) play with his image. Robinson and Corddry grab the spotlight everytime they are onscreen, and have what may be the funniest scene in the movie together (let's just say it involves a lost bet and the words "It's so black!"). Only Duke seems to be out of place, which isn't surprising, as his character is pretty inconsequential.
I was 12 in 1986, so I missed the drug fueled, promiscuous days this movie portrays. But I remember the styles, the movies, the music of the time. And Hot Tub Time Machine allowed me to go back and relive those days for an hour and a half, and to laugh a lot along the way.
This movie was signed, sealed and delivered by and to my demographic, thus the five-star rating. If you don't like it, well, so what?! My opinion, my tastes, my review.
I'm a bald 39 year-old male who loves the eighties AND cheezy B-comedies laden with toilet humour and beautiful women. This baby had it all!
By the way, don't eat any chocolate until AFTER you meet Nick in the pet store scene...trust me.
Guys, you're gonna love this film, and if you have a woman in your life (that you can even get to go see it) who actually likes the film, dude, she's a KEEPER.
Seeing John Cusack on the slopes in the 80's again was awesome, shades of "Better Off Dead," the film that catapulted him into the spotlight. And even better was the fact that the writers took a moment to pay tribute to that film by working in the most well-known line from the movie, regarding two dollars. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you're not a true Cusack fan.
The soundtrack made me want to jump out of my seat and yell "I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THESE SONGS FOR YEARS!!!" just like the 80's music compilation CD infomercial. GREAT picks for every scene, and though I have them all on MP3, cassette, and/or even vinyl, I'll probably buy the soundtrack just to have them all on one disk. You know why? Because the 80's RULE! THAT'S why. :)
The plot is inconsequential, but the title says it all--if you're looking for an award-winning script from a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine, find a new line of work. It's your basic run-of-the-mill back in time, can I change my destiny, butterfly effect, excellent adventure, complete with appearances by Chevy Chase as the Carlin-esque time-travel guru, and a certain one-armed character who shall remain nameless so as not to spoil the surprise, who's casting serves no real purpose other than to produce a hearty "NFW!" from the audience. It's a great surprise--trust me.
Other review writers will most likely rip this film a new one. From most others it will be lucky to get 2 & 1/2 stars. Again, so what? If you want some good laughs, to see John Cusack ripping FAT bong hits, to get like OMG totally grossed out a few times, & hear some wicked killer 80's tunes, check out the Tub.
And take a lighter with you to hold up during the credits at the end. No, seriously--do this. You'll get a good laugh--you'll see why. Trust me.