Hot Tub Time Machine

9 Apr

Title: Hot Tub Time Machine
Year: 2010
Director: Steve Pink
Writers: Josh Herald, Jarrad Paul, Sean Anders
Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, Lyndsy Fonseca
MPAA Rating: R, strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language
Runtime: 100 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%

The movie thought of as the one with the most self-explanatory title since Snakes on a Plane is way better than that one, and even though it does have its flaws its script is so incredibly silly, and I mean that in the best of ways, and its cast is so unbelievably funny, led by John Cusack, who seems unable to make a bad film nowadays, that the film grandly succeeds.

Sure, this isn’t The Hangover, but it does have its similarities with it, and they are well earned. It is, after all, another seriously funny film about guys, and it’s the story about this one guy, Lou, who their friends think was trying to commit suicide but was actually just revving up his engine to the sounds of Mötley Crüe. Their two best friends decide to take him down to the ski lodge where they partied back in the 80’s, and take with them the nephew of one of them.

They get to the ski lodge, which is pretty crappy right now, meet a lot of actors who were the bomb back in the 80’s, like Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase (though Chase is still awesome because of Chuck and now Community), and the Chevy Chase character fixes the hot tub which then transports their current selves back to the 80’s.

The situations and the characters are a treat, the drunken phone call from the Craig Robinson character to his wife who in the 80’s was still in grade school is classic, and Rob Corddry is priceless as Lou, the dude’s truly a huge comedic talent that’s definitely what carries this film to comedy gold, along with John Cusack who has to be one of the most reliable actors around no matter the genre.

This film is, in the end of it all, a masterful farce, it’s hugely comical even though I wouldn’t think it was going to be so good, and in the midst of all the gross R-rated comedies that try to imitate the standard imposed last decade by the Apatow clan I think this one will go down as one of the best of year.

Grade: B


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