Hot Tub Time Machine Review

9 Nov

Hot Tub Time Machine Review
by Illumin-Arte 11/09/10


John Cusack– Adam ( 2012, Identity, Grosse Point Blank, Con-Air, One Crazy Summer, Better Off Dead)
Clark Duke– Jacob (Kick Ass, Superbad)
Craig Robinson– Nick Weber (Shrek Forever After (voice of Cookie), Night at the Museum, Pineapple Express, Walk Hard)
Rob Corddry– Lou (Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanomo Bay, What Happens in Vegas, I now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Old School)

When this movie first came out in the theaters I received mixed reviews from friends and family who had seen it. Some said it was not funny at all , some said it infantile to pre-teen humor, while others said it was hilarious, up to par with The Hangover (which was one of the funniest movies I had seen in a long time) and although I myself wouldn’t put it on the same level as The Hangover I found this movie hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable.

One of the highlights in the movie (for me anyway) was Craig Robinson whose dry sense of humor always makes me laugh, as Darryl in the TV hit, The Office. There is also John Cusack who brought to this movie an older version of Hoops McCann from One Crazy Summer and a little Lane Meyer from Better off Dead, even after all the movies he has been in these two are my Cusack favz.

164859__better_off_dead_l(Gee, I’m real sorry your mom blew up)

 I find it harder to talk about a movie I really enjoyed rather than one that I really disliked; because it is so much easier to tear something apart, than not. The premise is a bit weak and there are definitely a few holes in the story-line, but none of that really matters because the script itself is written with well placed one liners, puns, and sight gags (projectile vomiting on a squirrel, I’m laughing just thinking about it) One of the only problems I had with the story was “Why?” why did it happen at all?, why did it happen to them?, why were they sent back in time what did they have to fix? Their lives were no worse off than anyone else’s. There didn’t seem to be anything they did in the past that called for time travel to make right. So how do you get them there? Blame it on a spilled power drink.


The script was peppered with references to modern technology versus eighties technology

(“hey guy guess where I’m calling you from? On the mountain with my new phone”)

 IPods vs. sony cassette walkman, any normal haircut vs Nick Weber’s Kid n’ Play Hairdo. There were references to the internet, websites, and text messages. All of which were returned with blank stares and “what are you talking about” comments from the eighties crowd ( even though the internet and computers were around, just not widely used in homes in 1986).

There was the usual amount of sex, drugs, and rock and roll but not to much of each, just the right mix for this type of movie. Also there is a running joke through out the movie about when Phil the one arm bellboy loses his arm (played by Crispen Glover known for so many things but probably best known as George Mcfly in Back to the Future.) I don’t like to use spoilers but the last 15 minutes are really interesting after Lou Dorchen decides he has nothing in the future and stays in 1986.

Hot Tub Time Machine did it for me it gave me an enjoyable night of light hearted movie watching with some good belly laughs. And the review wouldn’t be complete without kudos to Chevy Chase good to see you still out there and funny as hell.

chevy chase

Well I think my review is done so I’m just going to Lougle my favorite album put on the headphones and listen to Motley Lou.

I Give Hot Tub 4 Bums up!

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