New In Theaters Review: Hot Tub Time Machine

When three friends, Adam, Lou, and Nick (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson) discover that they are all not happy with the way things have turned out in their lives, they decide to take a trip back to their old ski resort vacation spot. They bring along Adam’s nephew, Jacob (Clark Duke) to get him out of the house for a change. When the four of them reach their destination, they discover that the resort is far from its glory days of the past. Making the best of the situation, the guys decide to get in the room’s hot tub and drink all night, like they use to. When an energy drink is knocked over and spills into the tub’s control panel, the four guys wake up the next morning and discover that they have traveled back in time to 1986.

Now 24 years in the past, they are all young again, except Jacob because he wouldn’t have been conceived yet. The guys decide that they must do everything they did in the past, so not to change the future. Jacob is especially worried about the past, because what if there is a change that means he will never be born. The question is, do these guys really want to go back to their miserable lives of 2010, or will they use this accident as a way to change their futures.

Now I know that it’s only March, but I have to say that this is the funniest movie I’ve seen this year. Just like last year’s “The Hangover”, this movie brings the funny back to guys over 30. With a truck load of adolescent comedies being made every 5 minutes, it’s good to see an adult movie that is simply just hilarious. This movie was particularly funny because it reflected back to the care free days of the 80’s, when everything was in excess. Drugs, sex, and rock & roll were the gateways to good times and massive hangovers, and people actually got out and met each other in person and the internet was not a factor.It was like watching MTV’s “I Love the 80’s” show, with all the references from a time long gone. John Cusack actually started his career in the mid 80’s and now he’s in a movie that travels back to that time, and he even donned a wool trench coat in this one, which was kind of his trade mark look back then. How funny is that? Craig Robinson continues to shine as a co-star. He really needs to get his own starring role in a feature film. Rob Corddry did an outstanding performance as the “out of control” friend, who is always looking for the next party. There is one scene that involves Rob’s character using his knowledge of the future to bet on the outcome of a football game, which is extremely funny and will have you on the floor. Also in the movie is Crispin Glover as a one armed bell hop, in a running gag that just gets funnier with each time it’s done. Chevy Chase also has a cameo as the hot tub repair man. It was good to see him still getting laughs. It’s been a while since a movie had me laughing out loud in the theater, this movie did that frequently. I give it 3 hot tubs out of 4. As I write this article, I am still giggling about some scenes in this movie. The movie runs 1 hour and 40mins. It’s rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language. It was written by Josh Heald, Sean Anders, John Morris, and Steve Pink. It was directed by Steve Pink. The film was produced by New Crime Productions. It was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), United Artists Films.

If you could change your future, by changing your past, would you? Ezo
Next week’s review: Clash of the Titans