“Hot Tub Time Machine” Quirky Okay-ness

Genres: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: March 26th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language.
Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), United Artists Films


Directed by: Steve Pink

JJ Rating:
B+

Watch Again: Maybe.
Buy it: No.
Recommend: Those that are not easily offended by raunchy comedies, maybe will like it – of course some might say it’s offensive to call it a comedy.

A hot tub in the winter that was used by friends in the 80’s is used again in 2010, but instead of having a sexy good time--they travel into the past. Why? To relive their teen party lives better. Hot Tub Time Machine.

Hot Tub Time Machine was a bit raunchy for my taste. There were several parts that were unnecessarily disgusting. But there were many areas that were just flat out funny such as the “What color is Michael Jackson?” bit that they showed in the trailer. Other 1980’s references were fantastic such as style, vernacular, music and throw backs to famous film scenes.

The actors did a decent good job. Chevy Chase was the odd man out. He seemed uncomfortable with his part that was almost unnecessary. They could have figured out everything they needed without him existing. The back and forth between Jacob (Carlk Duke) and Lou (Rob Corddry) was fantastic.

Overall I was highly amused by Hot Tub Time Machine. There wasn’t a whole lot of morality in this, more like lack-thereof. The great theme was friendship and the importance of sticking together no matter what. Friends don’t bail on friends. They may bail them out, but they don’t just bail. It’s not a strong central message, but the message is apparent.

Hot Tub Time Machine was a quirky idea that was not powerfully executed, mainly because of the weak story line that didn’t really play off the 80’s as well as it could have. The times it did mock the 80’s, it did well. When I watched The Hangover they believed it to be possible, everything that happened. The creators didn’t half heartedly put it together or write a script that lacked. If you’re going to be silly and outrageous then do so with flare. I gave Hot Tub Time Machine a B+, but it’s closer to a B than an A-. It just had enough to make me like it and give it a B+, but that was just barely. A hot tub with bubbles and a few choice people drinking apple juice and milk would be almost just as, if not more so, entertaining. Sometimes you just don’t have to F-ing try so hard.

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