Hot Tub Time Machine
Director: Steve Pink
Writers: Josh Heald/Jarrad Paul/Sean Anders
Producers: Matt Moore/John Cusack/Grace Loh/John Morris
Starring: John Cusack/Rob Corddry/Craig Robinson/Clark Duke/Chevy Chase
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 100 minutes
Hot Tub Time Machine follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives: Adam has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures; one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists.
Blast from the past!
I saw the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine and instantly I knew that it would be a funny comedy and I was right. The story has been done before and doesn’t feel very original, the only original thing I can see in the movie is that the hot tub is a time machine. However, just because it isn’t original, doesn’t mean it wasn’t funny. It was a lot of fun to watch and some parts were quite funny but there were a couple of scenes when you felt like you should be laughing but you don’t. Sometimes, it tries using the lowest form of comedy such as vomiting on a squirrel and there are one or two silly comedy scenes but this won’t put you off the film. The characters aren’t really very original and they felt like you’ve seen them before in films such as The Hangover but I have to admit that the four of them together make a believable group of friends. The acting was very good and the cast gave out a funny performance but you felt that some of the scenes they were in just randomly happened for no reason. The direction was good and the script was well written which made for some funny dialogue.
I really did enjoy watching this but I thought it would have been funnier than it was. It has the humour of The Hangover but it’s not very memorable as it. There were some funny lines and the story was quite good but it’s nothing you haven’t seen before in other movies. All in all, it’s not original and it has been done before but it is a funny movie and it’s probably worth a look.
A good funny comedy that will make you laugh in some places. It could have been better but hey, I’m not complaining since it was entertaining.