Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) - MOVIE REVIEW

Director: Steve Pink
Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase

Back to the Future is back. Except, instead of a Delorean it's a... HOT TUB TIME MACHINE. Oh, and it's a whole lot more adult.

Adam, played by John Cusack (Con Air), his two buddies and his nephew go away on a ski trip for a weekend only to accidentally travel back in time to 1986 after a night on the sauce in their hot tub. The rest of the storyline is a no brainer. They spend the day in the 80's trying not to create too much of a butterfly effect before going home. Thing is, they go back in time to the weekend their young selves are there. They don't run into themselves because they are their young selves, everyone else sees them as the teenagers they were and not the old farts they are. Are you following? Because it's really not as complicated as I'm making it sound.

Despite the weak script, it's a pretty funny flick. Rob Corddry (What Happens In Vegas) plays a Stifler-like asshole-friend role and is hilarious. Craig Robinson (The Office) provides plenty of laughs but Corddry's frat-house humour carries the movie. Cusack, unsurprisingly, isn't that funny, but it's not a bad thing either. He has his moments but is generally Robinson and Corddry's Scottie Pippen.

The writers paid homage to Back to the Future many times in the movie from Lou (Corddry) using his knowledge of sports results to win bets to casting Chevy Chase into a Doc Brown type role as the crazy old man that can fix the hot tub. Crispin Glover (George McFly) even has a role in this.

Hot Tub is a stupid yet immensely funny comedy with an absolutely hilarious ending. A little long at 100 minutes but still fun to watch.

Check out the trailer

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