Hot Tub Time Machine

  • 15
  • Steve Pink (2010)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction comedy starring John Cusack. Adam and his buddies are beginning to bear all the worst scars of middle age: broken relationships, dead-end jobs and drink problems. In an effort to rekindle their youthful glory days, they visit the winter resort where they had some of their wildest parties. Sadly, the place, like the guys, has seen better days - but a hot tub with special properties holds a few surprises.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Steve Pink

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 May 2010
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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