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Hot Tub Time Machine

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Hot Tub Time Machine

Steve Pink (2010)

94min
15 Certificate
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Disgruntled 40-something pals John Cusack, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry attempt to rekindle the carousing days of their youth in this raucous comic fantasy. And thanks to (you guessed it) a certain "hot-tub time machine", they get the opportunity to replay the misadventures of 1986 with the benefit of added experience. While the film is loaded with 1980s nostalgia (including key cameos from Chevy Chase and Back to the Future's Crispin Glover), and gleefully reproduces the crass sexism of the era's teen flicks, there's actually more going on here than cheap retro-styled laughs. The central trio are positively plagued with midlife neuroses, bringing a measure of believability to the farcical complications of the time-travel conceit. Consequently, the film alternates between full-on crudeness and male menopausal insights. But sustaining consistent logic to the then-and-now plotting ultimately proves too much of a challenge. This is undeniably an amusing movie, but it falls well short of time-twisting comedy classics like Back to the Future and Groundhog Day.

Summary

A man suffering a midlife crisis tries to recapture his lost youth by going back to his old haunts with two equally unhappy friends and his teenage nephew. They end up being transported back to 1986 and are tempted to give themselves the lives they always wanted - despite warnings that they must not change anything. Sci-fi comedy, starring John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry.

Cast & Crew

Adam John Cusack
Lou Rob Corddry
Nick Craig Robinson
Jacob Clark Duke
Phil Crispin Glover
April Lizzy Caplan
Jenny Lyndsy Fonseca
Kelly Collette Wolfe
Repairman Chevy Chase
Director Steve Pink
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 7 May 2010

Comedy Drama

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