Hot Tub Time Machine

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes both the theatrical and the unrated version of the film; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • UPC: 883904206040
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen / Uncensored
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,870

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack , Adam
Rob Corddry , Lou
Craig Robinson , Nick
Clark Duke , Jacob
Lizzy Caplan , April
Crispin Glover Phil
Chevy Chase Repairman,
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 Jr. 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

Disc #1 -- Hot Tub Time Machine
1. Scene 1 [:12]
2. Scene 2 [4:30]
3. Scene 3 [2:22]
4. Scene 4 [1:15]
5. Scene 5 [1:36]
6. Scene 6 [2:58]
7. Scene 7 [2:08]
8. Scene 8 [2:02]
9. Scene 9 [2:32]
10. Scene 10 [1:20]
11. Scene 11 [:59]
12. Scene 12 [4:26]
13. Scene 13 [1:32]
14. Scene 14 [1:23]
15. Scene 15 [:11]
16. Scene 16 [2:10]
17. Scene 17 [:59]
18. Scene 18 [:11]
19. Scene 19 [4:30]
20. Scene 20 [1:08]
21. Scene 21 [1:36]
22. Scene 22 [:32]
23. Scene 23 [1:36]
24. Scene 24 [2:14]
25. Scene 25 [:47]
26. Scene 26 [2:27]
27. Scene 27 [1:37]
28. Scene 28 [1:37]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Hot Tub Time Machine
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
         Español
         Subtitles: None
   Scenes
   Extras
      Play Unrated Version
      Deleted Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
      Trailers
         American Dad Volume 5
         The 41 Years Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It
         Cyrus
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Time Travel Hasn't Been This Fun Since "Back to the Future"

    4.5 out of 5

    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.)

    Guided by the aloof and cryptic hot tub repairman (Chevy Chase), these four misfits either accept the misfortunes of their past or, if they're daring enough, try and right what went wrong in the past in the hopes for a better future.

    Being a time travel nut, I had to see this movie. I went opening night. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.

    This flick was an ode to time travel movies, especially Back to the Future (and having Crispin Glover in it, who played George McFly in BttF only added to it). The 80s fashions, gadgets, phrases, music all amounted to a true trip through time and really convinced you that you were along for this crazy ride via hot tub time travel.

    This movie is so tongue-in-cheek yet at the same time wasn't just stupid slapstick comedy, but instead opted to take itself seriously enough to sell you on the concept.

    Now, I'm not sure if you're like me or not, but I really appreciate buddy-buddy humor--you know, the teasing, the kicks between the legs, the sarcasm--and the time-traveling quartet were just loaded with it, so much so you wished you were a part of their little group. And, really, the way the tale was presented in this flick, yeah, you were.

    So many jokes, so much sarcasm, so much fun. This movie was just amazing and I'm counting the days till I can grab the Blu-ray for my collection and watch it over and over.

    My only gripe was the coarse language. A handful of times in a movie--though, for me, a bit jarring--I can live with, but when it's every second word then it becomes too much and it pulls you out of the flick during those little blurts of profanity.

    Now I just need a hot tub time machine of my own to go back in time and check this flick out in the theatre again without having to spend the $10.25 (Canadian) all over for it.

    Recommended.

    A.P. Fuchs
    Canister X

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    funny movie loved it!

    funny movie loved it!

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