Review: Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine | Steve Pink, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine. Hot Tub. Time Machine. Those four words should have never been put together. Yet, when you say them out loud, it just feels right. So, what do you expect from a movie that has those four words. It could either be something along two of the most recent movies that had a title that explained it all. It could end up like The Hangover, meaning an over-hyped but ultimately funny and entertaining romp. Or it could be like Snakes on a Plane, a horrible mess where not even Samuel L. Jackson steals the show. Thankfully, Hot Tub Time Machine is more along the lines of the latter, in fact it is better.

In the movie, Adam (John Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Lou (Rob Corddry) are childhood friends. One day, after Lou is believed to have tried to kill him self, they, along with Adam’s nephew , Jacob (Clark Duke), decide to take a vacation to a ski resort they used to visit when they were younger. However, the town isn’t what is used to be and the resort is all messed up and smells like cats. So, due to boredom and some supernatural forces, they end up in a hot tub. And because of the spill of a russian energy drink whose name is similar to Chernobyl they end up traveling back in time to 1986. There they now have to do whatever they did that exact same day so that they can get back to the present without any changes or they can fix their lives for the better.

So, yeah that premise is nothing that you have never seen before. It has been done before and in better ways. Yet, I loved this movie. Yes, the humor is very low, but the way the actors deliver the jokes and the way the physical humor is directed, I could not help but laugh. Also, the cultural references, the way they admit that the 80s was the worst decade in fashion, and most culture, I found it hilarious, especially because I always laugh at my brother for living his teen years in that decade.

Although I loved the humor, it honestly could not have worked without the actors. John Cusack is always great in comedies, no matter how bad they are Rob Corddry is the stand out for most, but I just found him appropriate and sometimes annoying. I loved Clark Duke as the voice of reason, and his deadpan delivery is great. But the best out of the entire cast is Craig Robinson. He is turning into one of my favorite character actors. And there is a hilarious cameo by Crispin Glover.

Besides the jokes and the performances, there is nothing particularly noteworthy about Hot Tub Time Machine. But that is enough to make it one of my favorite movies of the year so far.

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