Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine

4.7 7
Director: Steve Pink

Cast: Steve Pink, John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson


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Disappointed at the way their lives have turned out, four longtime friends reunite at the ski resort where they used to party and find themselves transported back to the year 1986 by a magical jacuzzi. Adam (John Cusack), Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob (See more details below


Disappointed at the way their lives have turned out, four longtime friends reunite at the ski resort where they used to party and find themselves transported back to the year 1986 by a magical jacuzzi. Adam (John Cusack), Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob (Clark Duke) have all seen better days; Adam's and Nick's love lives are in the dumps, Lou is clinging to his hard-partying past, and video-game addict Jacob can't even muster the courage to walk outside. A fun stay at the ski resort where the gang made some of their best memories seems like just the thing to cheer everyone up, but after a night of heavy drinking in the hot tub, the four friends wake up to find they're about to live through the '80s a second time. Determined not to make the same mistakes twice, Adam, Lou, Nick, and Jacob decide to take full advantage of the unique opportunity presented to them, and create the lives they've always wanted. Chevy Chase, Crispin Glover, and Lizzy Caplan co-star.

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Does calling your movie Hot Tub Time Machine give you a free pass on the final product not being really, really awesome? Maybe that's not a fair question. Hot Tub Time Machine is definitely good -- it's just not great. And while the name does, in fact, seem to imply that expectations can't be too high (with sheer ridiculousness set forth from the get-go), the movie still suffers from a lot of squandered potential. However, it will probably make you laugh, and maybe that's all you can really ask for. The story starts with old friends Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson), who are both pretty mopey. Adam's girlfriend just left him, and Nick is feeling kind of emasculated about his failed music career. But they put their thirtysomething angst aside when the third member of their old clique, the tequila-soaked basket case Lou (Rob Corddry), is hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning after jamming too hard to some rock in his Trans Am. They're not sure whether or not their hard-partying buddy was actually trying to kill himself, but just to be safe, they try to cheer him up with a trip back to Kodiak Valley, the ski lodge they frequented in their youth. After talking it up to Adam's nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) in the car on the way there, they realize that the resort, much like them, has become a spent shadow of what it once was. But, lucky for everyone, the hot tub attached to their room transports them back in time to 1986, where they re-inhabit their 20-year-old bodies, party at the lodge in its heyday, and try not to do anything to prevent Jacob (who for occasional milliseconds starts to flicker out of existence) from being born. What follows is a fairly solid sex/stoner/gross-out comedy with a predilection toward '80s jokes. That's all well and good, but it can be a little disappointing when you think about what could have been. You've got a fun sense of smirking self-awareness surrounding the unabashedly silly premise, you've got a pointlessly evil rich-kid villain named Blaine, and you've got John Cusack playing a guy who is transported back to the '80s -- to a ski lodge, no less. You'd think there would be a lot of room for cleverness and self-parody, but aside from an extra making a "two dollars" reference near the beginning, none of the humor really ties together in a cool way -- it's mostly just big hair and leg warmer jokes. William Zabka even shows up and makes a cameo (the bad guy from The Karate Kid!), but you might not even recognize him. He's hiding under an admittedly awesome mustache, but he certainly doesn't challenge anyone to a ludicrously climactic ski competition. Of course, that might not matter to most viewers, because the movie is still funny, and if nothing else, it delivers on the title.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
20Th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Actor,Adam
Rob Corddry Actor,Lou
Craig Robinson Actor,Nick
Clark Duke Actor,Jacob
Lizzy Caplan Actor,April
Crispin Glover Phil
Chevy Chase Repairman,Actor
Sebastian Stan Blaine
Lyndsy Fonseca Jennie
Collette Wolfe Kelly
Charlie McDermott Chaz
Kellee Stewart Courtney

Technical Credits
Steve Pink Director,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Albanis Associate Producer
Sean Anders Screenwriter
Christophe Beck Score Composer
John Cusack Producer
Susie Farris Casting
George Folsey Editor
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Josh Heald Original Story,Screenwriter
Grace Loh Producer
Matt Moore Producer
John Morris Screenwriter
Michael Nelson Executive Producer
Dayna Pink Costumes/Costume Designer
Dana Sano Musical Direction/Supervision
James Thomas Editor
Bob Ziembicki Production Designer

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Scene Index

Both the theatrical version and unrated version of Hot Tub Time Machine in high definition; Production: acting like idiots; Chevy Chase: the nicest guy in Hollywood; Totally radical outfits: dayna pink; Crispin Glover: one-armed bell hop; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

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