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Genres Comedy Fantasy
Running Time 99 min
Release Date Mar 26, 2010
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Hot Tub Time Machine

Four pals are stuck in a rut in adulthood: Adam (John Cusack) has just been dumped, Lou (Rob Corddry) is a hopeless party animal, Craig (Craig Robinson) is a henpecked husband, and Jacob (Clark Duke) does nothing but play video games in his basement. But they get a chance to brighten their future by changing their past after a night of heavy drinking in a ski-resort hot tub results in their waking up in 1986.

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Mar 31, 2010 - AnDroo.Napoli on Hot Tub Time Machine
Funny and classic movie.

It was formula: Group of misfit teenagers fighting the good fight against getting old while picked on by the conformist "popular kids" and stumbling through a Rube Goldberg machine of scenarios that lead to utter disaster and eventually triumph, where the preppy bullys are left wholey embarrassed and the misfits rise victorious.

The twist: those guys are old; they inevitably lost the fight. And now through the help of a time machine, they get to go back into that same Rube Goldberg machine and live through every horrible, and good thing that happened to them, knowing it's going to happen to them, and not being able to upset the time-line they have to do it all over again. Imagine going back in time to meet the love of your life again, and you were told you have to do everything you did in the past exactly or it will upset the balance of the universe. Now imagine you met the love of your life in the emergency room after being hit by a truck... Kinda like that...

What they choose to do with thier knowledge is highly amusing, and definitely worth the watch. If you got a close group of friends you could get by either seeing this in the theaters or on a good TV screen with a couple beers, just be careful when you're drinking, 'cause you might end up laughing at the wrong time.

Mar 30, 2010 - scheme on Hot Tub Time Machine

I have a hard time reviewing this movie because "Hot Tub Time Machine" is completely ridiculous. Much like "The Hangover" I found myself thinking afterward, "I have no idea what the hell I just watched but it was a good time."

The film succeeds in how little it seems to care about itself. It's not a movie that's trying to teach you some great truth or develop characters, it's trying to entertain you. You get the sense that the actors sat down with the writers and worked together to add more jokes to what was already written, and the result is that the movie always has you smiling.

I don't know that many of the jokes would've worked had it not been for the excellent comedic timing of the cast. John Cusack is great (as always), but Rob Corddry carries this film from being simply watchable to being an immense amount of fun. Any time his character is talking, one finds themselves bracing to hear something absurd. From The Daily Show to Harold & Kumar to this, Corddry can simply do no wrong. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite comedic actors.

The only snag this movie has is that it forgets how ridiculous it is near the end of the film, when it gets a bit too serious for a comedy. Thankfully this is over quickly but it was enough to snap me out of the fun and make me think, "this movie has been ridiculous the entire time; there is no chance that I'll be taking life advice from any of these gentlemen." Outside of that the film is a ton of fun and well worth seeing.

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