“Hot Tub Time Machine” Review
Best comedy of the year? Read to find out.
Let me start off by saying, that the trailers for â€œHot Tub Time Machineâ€ donâ€™t give it enough credit. When the first few were released, I had the assumption that it would be a 2 hour long film about wiener jokes. Surprisingly enough, â€œHot Tubâ€ actually has some substance in it, but not a ton of itâ€¦
The plot is pretty simple: 4 friends take a trip to a ski resort to unwind and reconnect with each other. After they wake up the next morning after a long night of drunken hot tub partying, they realize they have been sent back to 1986. They must live that night the exact same way they did over 20 years ago or they may disrupt the timeline and not get back home to 2010!
The story went through the basic â€œtime travel movieâ€ rules, like having to do the exact same things so you donâ€™t affect the future. For the most part, they did that well. A few times however, they screwed up, leaving huge unexplained holes in the story. I will try not to give spoilers, but in the â€œFootballâ€ or â€œbreak upâ€ scenes, those were the exact opposite of what happened in real life or in the story. Wouldnâ€™t that have affected the future? Well we wouldnâ€™t know, because of the lack of any explanations.
The main characters were what really made the film. Rob Corddry shined as â€œLouâ€, the crazy partygoer down for anything. Not only did he get the most scenes and punch lines, but he makes the film totally worth it. Clark Duke was the character that had the most interactions with Corddry, and they made comedy gold. Craig Robinson was impressive as â€œNickâ€, but I would have liked to have seen more of him acting like a badass instead of kind of being a sissy. Lastly, I was not impressed with John Cusack at all. In my opinion, he could have been replaced by anyone in Hollywood and it may have been a better role. Cusack didnâ€™t bring anything special to the role like the others did. Other impressive smaller characters were Chevy Chase as the crazy repair man, and Crispin Glover. Why Crispin Glover? Itâ€™s an obvious throwback to his role in â€œBack to the Futureâ€! That I can respect!
Donâ€™t get me wrong, I liked the movie and think it was well worth the money. I just believe that it could have been something that stood out, but instead, it felt pretty forced. It seemed that they had to dumb it down for audiences to â€œgetâ€ it. Where there should have been possibly a reference or explanation of some of the plot, they covered it up with a drug reference or sex joke.
Itâ€™s understandable how this keeps getting compared to â€œThe Hangoverâ€; they are both good, recent comedies that have a bunch in common. I canâ€™t really say which one is better, because while â€œThe Hangoverâ€ kind of went for a â€œrealisticâ€ (and I use that term loosely) feel, â€œHot Tubâ€ purposely went all out and over the top! If I had to choose which to see again, my choice would have to be â€œHot Tubâ€ because I feel as though I could pick up on things I may have missed.
In the end, â€œHot Tub Time Machineâ€ is a good movie to watch with friends, but donâ€™t expect it to blow you away.
Summary (out of 5 stars)
Plot â€“ 3
Cinematography â€“ 2.5
Acting â€“ 3
Dialog â€“ 2.5
Soundtrack – 4