HOT TUB TIME MACHINE
Well Made Debauch-Fest!
Release Date: March 26, 2010
Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry,
Craig Robinson, Clark Duke,
Sebastian Stan, and Chevy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Director: Steve Pink
Executive Producer: Michael Nelson
Producer: John Cusack, Grace Loh and
Writer: Josh Heald, Sean Anders, and
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A magical hot tub beckons. After a night of heavy drinking, the four friends find themselves mysteriously transported back in time to 1986 at the height of their high school angst for all but Nick, who is actually Adam’s twentysomething nephew. Suddenly, Nick begins to cut in and out like a short-circuiting TV depending on how closely the other three are able to relive that night in their past exactly as it happened. One deviation from history, and Nick might never be born.
For Adam, Lou and Jacob, this is their big chance to transform their past and they’re out to take full advantage. From re-confronting bullies and ex-girlfriends, these three might be determined to complete the night with a little more dignity than they did 20+ years ago, but are unable to escape reliving the same mistakes. Meanwhile, Nick frantically tries to figure out how to fix the now broken hot tub in order to get back.
An elusive hot tub repairman (played by Chevy Chase) finally shows up and repairs the hot tub just in time. With the clock ticking and the time-space continuum threatening to close in on them, all but Lou jump into the hot tub vortex and return safely. Lou, however, having rediscovered himself in the past, determines to remain while taking full advantage of his time travel advantage. When the others return to the present, they find their lives radically transformed. They find they are suddenly wealthy and that Lou even invented the Internet. In the process, they have rediscovered their friendship.
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is a well made comedy that is very funny but the content is clearly problematic. The story is fast paced, and there’s much physical humor. Performances are funny, and the movie is well directed.
However, what starts out as a high-concept buddy flick and 1980s throwback quickly devolves into an all out debauch-fest of raunchy humor that cannot even be accurately described without participating in the same offense. With foul and vulgar language and gratuitous nudity, explicit and constant drug use, drinking, smoking, extremely disgusting and crude depictions of sex, and an arm torn off gushing blood, this movie is built around the worst conceivable crudeness and over the top, disgusting physical/sexual humor.
While there are themes of self-sacrifice and friendship, they are so overwhelmed by the shear raunchiness of the film, as to be lost almost entirely. Jacob spends half his time in the past trying to figure out if having sexual relations with a woman counts as cheating on his wife in the future since in 1986 his wife is only 9-years-old.
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is a movie that almost seems like it wants to find heart but just keeps getting lost in the crass, the crude and the disgusting. Whatever moral this abhorrent movie tries to offer, such as friendship, is far too little too late.
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is a well made comedy that is very funny but the content is clearly problematic. Performances are funny and the movie is well directed. However, the movie contains foul and vulgar language, gratuitous nudity, explicit and constant drug use, drinking, smoking, depictions of sex, lots of crude language, and an arm torn off with gushing blood. While there are themes of self-sacrifice and friendship, they are so overwhelmed by the movie’s shear raunchiness as to be lost almost entirely. Because of this, media-wise viewers avoid the awful HOT TUB TIME MACHINE.