Starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover & Chevy Chase.
Written by Josh Heald, Jarrad Paul & Sean Anders.
Directed by Steve Pink.
Nick (Robinson), Adam (Cusack) and Lou (Corddry) are high school friends now in their forties and whose lives are in varying states of disarray. When Lou (the asshole friend, as the guys’ say – because you know every group has one) winds up in hospital after a supposed suicide attempt, the trio decide to take some time out at the haunt of their youth – the slopes of Kodiac Valley ski resort. With Adam’s nephew Jacob (Duke) in tow, the group arrive and find the resort void of its former glory. Entering the hot tub outside their chalet and proceeding to get loaded, they are inexplicably (with the help of the Russian Red Bull “Chernobly”) sent back in time to 1986, and in the process, given a chance at redeeming their sorry lives. Who knew a movie with such a ridiculous title could actually be a bubbling Jacuzzi of crazy fun, but that’s exactly what Hot Tub Time Machine is. Somewhat aimed at GenX-ers, Hot Tub is one screwball situation after another. It’s absurd and raucous, but unlike the majority of crap today masquerading as comedy behind cheap gross-out and sex gags, Hot Tub manages to be somewhat tasteful and clever even while employing that same tier of joke. The actors are obviously having a ball, and all, without exception, are hilarious – particularly Corddry, recognisable from bit parts in a variety of recent comedies. (I should also mention the side-splitting sub-plot involving a one-armed bell-hop, played by Crispin Glover – one of the 80s favourite movie sons). For the initiated, there are references aplenty to 80s movies and culture, some of which may be lost on a younger audience. But for anyone who lived through the decade and indeed anyone who’s experienced at least some of the humiliating rituals of adolescence and early adulthood (which, let’s face it, is most of us), Hot Tub Time Machine is an uproarious treat.
by Wadrick Jones