Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review: Hot Tub Time Machine

Grade: B+

Adam, Nick and Lou were best friends back in high school and felt their lives were going places. Now, they’re all grown up and are rather miserable with their adult lives. After an accident puts Lou in the hospital, they decide to try to have a fun weekend away together at their favorite place when they were in high school, Kodiak Valley Ski Resort. The three of them plus Adam’s nephew, Jacob, head up to the mountains for a weekend of fun and drinking. When they get there, the town isn’t quite what it used to be and all they are left with is the hot tub in their room. They decide to pile in and get drunk but when they wake up, they realize they have somehow been transported back to 1986. When they are warned by an odd hot tub mechanic, they decide it’s best to try to relive that day exactly how they did over 20 years ago, or at least that was the plan.

I’m gonna go ahead and call it right now, I predict a minimum of four Oscars for Hot Tub Time Machine at next year’s academy awards. One of those awards is going to be a new category, best title. For some reason just saying the title of this movie makes me smile. The movie is actually really entertaining. Seeing all the styles and music that was popular in ’86 was great. Hot Tub Time Machine is hilarious to top it all off. The jokes are constant and the laughter never stops. The story is actually really fun, this movie’s story absolutely could have been terrible but they managed to come up with something that’s not stupid and keeps you entertained not to mention all the great throw backs to classic 80’s stuff and movies. And the ending is really good.

John Cusack (2012, War Inc.) plays the role of Adam, a guy who is down on his luck and tries to fix that in the past. I enjoy Cusack in everything that he has done and he does not disappoint in this movie. I love that fact that he spends half the movie dressed very similarly to his character in Say Anything and he is in a scene that is a great homage to Sixteen Candles, which all but started his career. Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express, TVs The Office) plays Nick, a man who gave up his dream of music for his wife and now washes dogs for a living. Robinson was hilarious as always and really did a great job in this movie. Not to mention that he is actually a pretty good singer. Rob Corddry (W., Harold and Kumar 2) plays Lou, who’s greatest days were in high school and is completely miserable now. Corddry delivers some of the biggest laughs in the movie. Relative new comer Clark Duke plays Adams nephew Jacob, who spends his life on a computer. Duke did a pretty decent job with his role and was pretty funny too. The movie also features hilarious performances by Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan, Lizzy Caplan and the great Chevy Chase.

If you are looking for a good fun comedy, go see Hot Tub Time Machine. It’s simply a lot of fun with a lot of laughs. 2010 is looking to be a great year in comedies.

Great quote: “Great white buffalo… Great white buffalo… Great white buffalo”

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