Hot Tub Time Machine (15)

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Comedy

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Time Out says

Tue May 4 2010

It’s a time-honoured tradition among ageing rock stars with dwindling audiences to go back to the time that made them famous: nostalgia sells.

Now John Cusack is applying the same shtick to movies: having tried his luck as both action hero and romantic lead, with ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’, Cusack returns to the slapdash, high concept ’80s comedies that made him famous. And concepts don’t come much higher than this: following a mysterious incident with an outdoor Jacuzzi and a can of nuclear-powered Russian energy drink, Adam (Cusack) and his three friends find themselves rocketed into the past, forced to relive the craziest night of their teenage lives before they can find a way back to the good old twenty-first century.

‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ conforms a little too closely to the post-‘The Hangover’ comedy template of a gang of drunk middle-aged losers with loud voices, bad attitudes and dubious ideas about women. But where this film scores over ‘The Hangover’ is in the script, which replaces brash overconfidence with a looser narrative structure and a shaggier, more playful sense of humour.
It also does a great job of recreating the style and content of the ’80s comedies it so lovingly pastiches, namely girls with big hair, pounding synth music and skisuit-wearing preppy douchebag villains. Giving his most charming performance in years, Cusack keeps the film sweet-natured when his more outrageous co-star Rob Corddry threatens to go overboard.  No masterpiece, perhaps, but ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ is post-pub perfection.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri May 7, 2010

Duration:

99 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Steve Pink

Screenwriter:

Josh Heald, Sean Anders

Cast:

John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson

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Thomas Noctor

Awful 'comedy'. Plot is crap, no funny men at all in it. How the guy loses his arm is just thick! So boring aswel! Get Death at a funeral or The Hangover instead!

Lawfy

Yes, of course it's puerile and hugely vulgar. It's also cleverly-scripted and very, very funny. I msg admit to liking this new genre of teen comedies with thirty/ forty-something characters.

Lawfy

Yes, of course it's puerile and hugely vulgar. It's also cleverly-scripted and very, very funny. I msg admit to liking this new genre of teen comedies with thirty/ forty-something characters.

ggm

i dont think i laughed more then once ,if you want a cracking laugh four lions is for you

scrumpyjack

it's a rude Bill & Ted. if you dont like the sound of that, avoid. if you do, you're in for a good dollop of happy-crappy fun.

DS

Funniest film i have ever seen!!! I laughed so hard I almost choked. Its school boy humour for adults. This is not a serious film at all, it is utterly stupid, but I lvoed it. Dont take it too seriously, or it wont be funny. I mean, just the title of the film sounds utterly stupid and horrendous, but thats part of its incredibly cheesy charm. Must see, and i would definately see it again and again!

DS

Funniest film i have ever seen!!! I laughed so hard I almost choked. Its school boy humour for adults. This is not a serious film at all, it is utterly stupid, but I lvoed it. Dont take it too seriously, or it wont be funny. I mean, just the title of the film sounds utterly stupid and horrendous, but thats part of its incredibly cheesy charm. Must see, and i would definately see it again and again!

usman latif khawaja

evie - i think that just about sums this up -a bizarre mix of sex and drug cracked with the time genre movie that is becoming as predictable now as the comic book movies - it is sad to see cusack playing a role where the funniest joke is him getting stabbed around the eye with a plastic fork - as for the movie it was just as plastic and the male oral sex sequence was anything but truly american in essence -

Evie

This vision of the eighties is probably  more recognisable to an american audience. It lacks the charm of 17 again and succeeds in being even more puerile than the hangover. At least a couple of laugh out loud moments though. And like Robert Downey jr, cusack is one of those actors that everybody loves surely?