Playing like an ode to the films of my teenage years in the 1980s, "Hot Tub Time Machine" might do as its title suggests and transport people to another place and time while watching it.
It is your typical of late rude and crude comedy with a sprinkling of emotion and smarts thrown in for good measure. Comic chaos ensues with some of it being funny and some missing the mark. Most people were pleasantly surprised by this film.
Middle-aged loser Lou (Rob Corddry – What Happens in Vegas, Semi-Pro) accidentally almost kills himself and is released to the custody of his old friends, Nick (Craig Robinson – from television's The Office) and Adam (John Cusack – 2012, Say Anything). Worried about their friend's heavy drinking, they decide to go to Kodiak Valley for a weekend. This is a place where they spent a great weekend in their teens during the mid 80s.
No one is really in a good place in their lives as Nick believes his wife has cheated on him and Adam's girlfriend has just left him. Plus his young computer geek nephew Jacob (Clark Duke – Kick-Ass, Superbad) is living in his basement. Jacob decides to come along with them on this guys' weekend.
When they arrive at Kodiak Valley it is not exactly as them remember it. Actually it is now a derelict ski lodge that has its best days behind it. The hotel that they had the best days of their lives in is completely run down. Depressed the guys think that the weekend is going to be a bust.
That is until they see that the outdoor hot tub is suddenly working again after a mysterious repairman (Chevy Chase – Vegas Vacation, Three Amigos!) fixes it. Magically something about being in the hot tub and spilling an energy drink on the motor makes the friends 19 again. After at first freaking out they all begin to go with the flow and enjoy a party weekend.
They do make a pact that due to the butterfly effect that they have to do exactly what they did that weekend in 1986. Only temptation is too much and they begin to do things differently. The result is chaos.
It was a film I really wanted to hate and while I didn't love it I couldn't hate it either. The humour in it is totally non-politically correct, but you will find yourself laughing anyway. I laughed despite my best intentions.
For me the strongest performance in the film was from Rob Corddry. He was hilariously over-the-top. Consistently funny. A jerk yet likable. Also John Cusack surprised me a little that he could do this type of film. He did not seem in over his head doing comedy of this sorts.
"Hot Tub Time Machine" is definitely not a film for the young ones as they are not joking giving it an R rating. Sexual situations, crude humour and foul language happen throughout.
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