A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.
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Cell phones the size of car batteries. Shoulder pads on everything. Polka dots. Leg warmers. Big hair. "Duran Duran." "The Go Go's." Cassette Tapes. Sony Walkmen. Pop Rocks. Rubik's Cubes. The San Francisco 49ers, Joe Montana can eat my shorts. The Bengals should've won both of those games. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." "The Breakfast Club." "Sixteen Candles." "Weird Science." "Back to the Future." All of this stuff is so yesterday...GAG ME WITH A SPOON!
John Cusack stars in "Hot Tub Machine" as he plays a character going through a mid-life crisis and has his love life in the dumps. His three friends are also bored with their adult lives so the four guys decide to take a trip to an old ski resort that they used to hang out at when they were younger. As they're prepared to party the night on they decide hop in the Jacuzzi and get hammered. They wake up in 1986 where they hear one guy say, "I'm skiing and I'm calling you from my CELL PHONE!"
The movie has some great supporting actors. Lyndsey Fonseca is amusing as Cusack's girlfriend. With her party girl personality you can tell that she really has fun with her character. Chevy Chase may look a lot different on the outside since "Vacation" but he is hilarious as the maintenance guy and still finds that funny, innocent Clark Griswold inside of him that we all know love. And Crispin Glover (George McFly) makes a hysterical cameo as the bellhop. The writers put in a running joke with him that lasts throughout the whole movie and it really works. Individually, all of the actors are funny. Craig Robinson is the best out of the four main actors here. He brings a lot of personality to the screen. I was laughing out loud when he looked directly at the audience and said, "It must be some kina...hot tub timachine."
All of the other actors, including John Cusack, are good, just not as good. I'm not a fan of some of the writing. The majority of the jokes are dirty. Not just sex but poop and puke too. It's ok to have one here and there but it crosses the line after the fifth time. The jokes are only funny when the actors make them work. The makers of the film try to make the plot seem too much like the 2009 summer hit, "The Hangover." This proves that you need the best chemistry you can get when it comes to actors and these four just don't have it. Also, the special-effects are horrible and look like they came from Nickelodeon.
There's really not much else to say about this movie. It's not terrible but it's not good. The director could've done a better job exploring the feel of the 80s rather than just showing what people wore and the accessories back then. I think if I was living in that decade I would've enjoyed the film a lot more. But still, in my opinion, I recommend you wait to rent "Hot Tub Time Machine."
Wish I had a time machine to get back the two hours that I wasted watching this movie to say nothing of the money wasted. There are so many wonderful movies out these days. What a shame to attend this pitiful excuse for a movie. The language could only be appreciated by a high school boy; every other word was the F bomb. The story line was old and uncreative. The acting was somewhat reasonable considering what the actors had to work with. How amazing can an actor make lines where ever other word is the same word? Also for your information the movie contains soft porn. We were blindsided by this as it was not rated. Having a child discover who their father is by watching his own conception even in the best of circumstances like a loving relationship (which this certainly wasn't) could never make for a resonable theme.
Save your money and see something redeeming, interesting and worth your time and money.