Hot Tub Time Machine (Blu-ray)
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Hot Tub Time Machine hits the bull's-eye: it's a rude, crude comedy with enough smarts and emotional sweetness to make it completely entertaining. Seeking to bring some youthful optimism back to their failed, miserable lives, three middle-aged guys--Adam (John Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Lou (Rob Corddry)--go to a mountain resort where they spent some of their wildest days (reluctantly dragging along Adam's nephew, Jacob, played by newcomer Clark Duke). A drunken accident in the titular hot tub sends them swirling back to 1986, where each of them decides to risk changing the future (and possibly erasing Jacob from existence) by doing things just a little differently. A plot summary doesn't capture the movie's rambunctious, daffy spirit as much as… well, the ridiculous title: this is a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine! Any expectation you may have will be met and surpassed. John Cusack delivers another underplayed yet marvelously funny performance, his best since High Fidelity; Clark Duke, from the TV show Greek, proves a promising young comic talent. But the movie really belongs to Robinson and Corddry, who've been floating around the edges of tons of comedies--some have been good, some have been bad, but they've both been consistently funny even in crappy movies. Hot Tub Time Machine gives them center stage and lets them reveal the comic chaos they can deliver. It helps, but is not necessary, to have lived through the '80s to find Hot Tub Time Machine exquisitely silly. --Bret Fetzer
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Four friends, all failures. Adam's (John Cusack) wife just left him. His nephew, Jacob (Clark Duke), is a stay-in-the-basement nerd. Nick (Craig Robinson) works at a pet spa and Lou (Rob Corddry) is suicidal.
And it's Lou that gets them into trouble because when a suicide attempt lands him in the hospital, the four friends decide to return to a small town, the glory place of their youth, and try and cheer him up.
Greeted by a bellhop named Phil (Crispin Glover), who lost his arm long ago, the four friends try and party like they used to in a town that is no longer the cool place they remember.
After one drunken night in the hot tub, they suddenly find themselves back in 1986, and what's even weirder is they also look like their younger selves. (Though onscreen we see their present-day selves but in mirrors it's their younger versions and that's what everybody else sees. Nice touch on a time travel story.) Once coming to grips of their predicament and while trying to figure out a way "back to the future," they vow to maintain the space-time continuum and repeat what they did back in 1986 so as to not accidentally execute the butterfly effect and destroy the timeline. They swear to do things as they did it and how they did it back in 1986. Except little do they realize it's much easier said than done because no one wants to go through that horrific break up all over again (great white buffalo), or get their face bashed in, or sleep with a hot blonde though you're married to someone else in the future. (Actually, this last scene was done quite well.Read more ›
This is a modern comedy, along the lines of The Hangover. Outrageous situations, gross-outs, vulgarity and hollow characters. But I liked it. What can I say, I'm easily amused. I don't mind this kind of movie, and to me the performances by Cusack and Corrdry sell it.
Plot in a nutshell: Three dudes plus Cusack's nephew are going nowhere in life and in their relationships. Trying to dip back into the past, they visit the same ski resort that they went to back in '86. It's gone downhill since then, but after a drunken night in the hot tub, they wake up (gasp!) back in 1986, forced to relive one of the most interesting vacations of their lives! Will they do things the same? Will they try to change the future? Can they even get back to the future? Watch to find out!
Each character has his own trip to relive, Corrdry's being the lynchpin of the whole situation. The plot is pretty simple but the movie is fun. Music from the 80's -- Poison, The Crue, and more -- make this a movie for the balding generation. Heck, there's even a vintage-looking Poison concert complete with some dude that looks exactly like CC Deville circa Look What The Cat Dragged In. If you're from the 80's, you'll enjoy reliving these moments. If you're not, you'll wonder how the hell we managed without txt msgs.
The ending was a twist I didn't expect, and I enjoyed the cast plus special guest Chevy Chase. I enjoyed reliving my own 1986 (even though some tunes, such as Kickstart My Heart didn't come out until '89).
Blu-ray special features include commentaries, deleted scenes and extended scenes.Read more ›
Four people with dead end miserable lives go to a resort that three of them once stayed at back in 1986. They go with the intent to cheer up Rob Corddry, who they believed attempted suicide, when really he just did something stupid. The place is run down and not as they remembered. While drinking in the hot tub they get transported back into time. Chevy Chase makes an appearance as a Hot Tub repair man and hints that they need to do everything the same, or else they might alter the future. Attempting to remember all the bad and good things that happened that night, they go out to reproduce it, finding it equally hard to not to change the past as it is to change it.
The movie includes music from 1986 as well as frequent drug use, drinking, and sex. Chevy Chase's role is almost cameo. A great movie to watch with the guys and have a few beers as long as you are higher than your expectations.
Adam and his friends Nick and Lou (along with Adam's nephew) go to snowy Kodic Valley, a place that holds great memories for them but they quickly realize that a lot has changed since then. Their hotel rooms has a hot tub and that night they do something that makes the hot go back in time, in 1986 precisely (you probably knew that a hot tub was going to be there at some point and that it would act as time machine, no spoilers there). The fun only starts there as they discover that what they do in 1986 could change their futures. Having a fondness for the 1980's in general (especially Motley Crue!) would really help you appreciate the movie, on the other hand if you can't stand 80's references you should stay clear of Hot Tub Time Machine. The movie references Motley Crue, Michael Jackson, Poison and mostly the MTV era, they even captured the clothes, the fashion and all. What really made me like the movie were the characters, Lou and Nick really carry the movie.Read more ›
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we laugh and funny show .love it tks for it have subtitle we need it no need audio great tksPublished on July 21 2013 by darrell feit
i watch this movie over and over just to make sure that i didnt miss any of the funny parts, great moviePublished on April 11 2013 by cher
I also got this for chistmas for a friend of mind he likes becuse of the music ans stuff and he came from the 80"s
My husband and I really enjoyed this movie. Saw this movie in the theatres and couldn't wait for the Blu ray to be released. Hilarious. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2011 by Suzy Q
Adam (John Cusack) and his buddies Nick (Craig Robinson) and Lou (Rob Corddry) and his nephew Jacob (Clark Duke), have run a "down and out" sort of life. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2010 by B. Chandler