Friday, April 2, 2010
Hot Tub Time Machine Review by William Kunz
This movie I naturally knew going in wasn't going to be exceptional or great judging by the preview. However after last years The Hangover, which had an awful preview, I was not going to look down on the film before I had seen it. The film centers around four characters, Adam, Jacob, Nick, and Lou. Each played by John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson, and Rob Corddry respectively. The films starts out showing how each of the characters is doing really bad in life and things are not on the up. After Lou nearly kills himself by revving his engine up in his shut garage the four decide to take him on a vacation to an old ski retreat in the woods where they had awesome memories back in the 80's. They get there and the town and resort they loved has fallen on harsh times is now a dump. They decide to stay anyway and procede to get wasted and spill a high energy drink on the hot tub controls flashing them back to 1986 where they to eachother look like themselves but to everyone else look like them from 1986 with the execption of Jacob because he wasn't born yet.
The film proceeds to go through with cliched 80's things such as walkmans, Michael Jackson jokes, bad hair styles and Red Dawn. Admitedly there were a couple of good laughs such as the constant running joke with Lou getting excited because he knows the bellman(played by Crispin Glover) will get his arm chopped off, for in the future he only has one arm, and is always let down when the bellman is in compromising situations and the arm does not go, but the film follows the typical comedy formula of one hour of laughs, a friend or two gets mad and they need to reconsile, and in the end it all works out. Which is starting to get really old and is what The Hangover did so perfectly which was to stray from the typical formula and be completely different. Overall the film brings a few laughs with John Cusack doing a great job as always(kind of untrue, I won't forget 2012 yet!) and some memorable moments but not a film I will be rushing to see again or to buy on dvd at all maybe worth a netflix.
Rating: 2.5 out of 4