Released by MGM
Release Date: March 26th, 2010
Starring: John Cusack, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke
Written by Josh Heald, Sean Anders, and John Morris
Directed by Steve Pink
Rated R (strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language)
Lou: Every young man's fantasy is to have a three-way.Jacob: Yeah not with another fucking guy!Lou: It's still a three-way!
Every year we get a few movies that are destined to become cult movies. They aren't necessarily horror, sci-fi, or action movies. Cult movies come in all shapes and sizes. Hot Tub Time Machine is a movie that desperately wants to be a cult movie but doesn't have the convictions to follow through with the premise.
The guys are bummed out that their fond high school memories have turned to shit so they do what any group of guys would do in this situation: they get naked and hop into the hot tub. They party so hard in the hot tub that they knock over a can of some Russian energy drink and get sent back in time to 1986. This is the year that they remember and come to find that they are indeed themselves from high school.
There are some chuckles in this movie though. One of the funniest scenes is when Robinson calls the 1986 version of his wife. She apparently is younger than he is and the sight of the grown Robinson accusing the nine year version of his wife is pretty funny. The jokes in this movie don't get any funnier than that and that is a shame. There is so much potential in this move, but by sticking to one decade the filmmakers have limited the jokes to just making fun of that decade. If this movie had been released ten or fifteen years ago then maybe the jokes would have been funnier.
Hot Tub Time Machine has the potential to be a great comedy, but gets bogged down by lame jokes and a premise that isn't nurtured to its full potential. There are some chuckles and a few full on laughs, but the movie is a waste of talent and time.