Hot Tub Time Machine—Movie

Hot Tub Time Machine is selling itself as this year’s The Hangover. It is emphatically NOT that…it is nowhere near close. Separating it from The Hangover is the funny. Was The Hangover silly and gross? Yes. Was it geared for men? Yes. Was it funny? YES. Now compare with Hot Tub. Is Hot Tub Time Machine silly and gross? Yes. Is it geared for men? Yes. Is it funny? NO…a thousand times NO! Perhaps the movie contains two laughs. Hot Tub is 100 minutes long. For something billed as a comedy, one expects more than two laughs over that amount of time.

Hot Tub Time Machine is the story of three life-long friends—John Cusak, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry—at unhappy points in their lives. Corddry’s character is at such a low point, he attempts suicide. In an effort to cheer him up, Cusak’s and Robinson’s characters, plus Clark Duke, who plays Cusak’s young geeky nephew, impulsively decide on a trip to Kodiak Valley Ski Resort, the site of some of their best 80s escapades. Once there they decide to take a dip in their hot tub and that’s when the unexpected happens—a trip back in time to 1986—and hilarity ensues…NOT.

When you go to a movie like this you’re not expecting Sophie’s Choice. You are anticipating  fun cheese, but you’re not anticipating spoiled cheese. Who’s to blame for this fiasco? The film boasts some fine actors from the 80s—John Cusak, Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover. Cusak himself is one of the producers, so he knew what he was getting into. Therefore the fault must belong to the director, Steve Pink and writers, Josh Heald, Jarrad Paul and Sean Anders. In the end, does it really matter? The best thing about this movie is the title. Save your money and your time and Netflix The Hangover.

½ nugget out of 4

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