"Well Made Debauch-Fest!"
In HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, longtime best friends Adam, Lou, Nick, and Jacob gather at their former ski resort party haven for a weekend male-bonding revival which they hope will help their troubled and mundane lives.
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.
(PaPaP, B, C, LLL, VV, SSS, NN, AAA, DDD, M) Very strong pagan worldview with strong hedonistic elements and some light moral, redemptive references to self-sacrifice and the importance of friendship; over 60 obscenities with many “f” words, at least five profanities and much vulgar language; much fighting and brawling and comically a man’s arm is torn off and blood squirts out; three scenes of graphically depicted sex including multiple partners, oral sex, and semen appears on a man’s face, plus much graphic discussion of sex; upper female nudity, upper male nudity, and close ups of rear male nudity; much drinking of alcohol and drunkenness; much smoking and use of illegal drugs; and, lying.
In HOT TUB TIME MACHINE, longtime best friends Adam, Lou, Nick, and Jacob are mysteriously transported back in time to 1986 when they were in high school, except for Nick. Since Nick wasn’t born in 1986, he starts to “fade out.” Adam, Lou and Jacob try to transform their past. Nick tries to fix the broken hot tub time machine. When the others return to the present, they find their lives radically transformed. They find that 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. 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.