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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

[4.75/10] Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

"Hot Tub Time Machine" is about three estranged friends and a nephew reunite on a weekend getaway, but end up traveling back to 1986 in a magical hot tub for an adventure that they'd never forget. This is nothing more or less than your typical silly comedy, that it's not outrageously funny neither very unique, though the characters have a pretty good chemistry together. It's Rob Corddry's wildly unethical loser who steals the show, however. The other highlight of the film beside Corddry was Crispin Glover. While his screen time is limited, the running gag revolving around the loss of his limb is very amusing, a clear cut above the rest of the humour, but serves only to frustrate the audience as they realize that "Hot Tub Time Machine" had the potential to be something special. On the positive side, director Steve Pink captures the feeling of the 80s very effectively, with a fair amount of help from the costume department, who hunted down the fashions from the era that brought us big hair and leg warmers. "Hot Tub Time Machine" does have some funny moments, but the plot does bog down in some truly juvenile situations. It has of course the usual time travel conundrum problems that the protagonists in these films all face. All in all, "Hot Tub Time Machine" is a missed opportunity, and while it is not a terrible comedy, the only reason it stands out from a crowded genre is its ridiculous title and borrowed ideas from other, much better films.

  • My Rating: 4.75/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 63% (6.1/10)
  • IMDb: 7.0/10


DEZMOND said...

they've pretty much lost me as a potential viewer with the tittle itself :)

Jaccstev said...

The movie is hoping to be the next “The Hangover”, but I know this two are in a totally different level.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Yes, Dezz, this movie is as silly as its title sounds.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I totally hated "The Hangover"! It was dumb as a stump and painfully unfunny. Don't want even talk about it. Even this was more entertaining and funnier.