Sunday, August 08, 2010

Review: Hot Tub Time Machine

Review: Hot Tub Time Machine
Directed by Steve Pink
Produced by Matt Moore, John Cusack, Grace Loh, John Morris
Written by Josh Heald, Jarrad Paul, Sean Anders
Starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, Lyndsy Fonseca

Have you ever watched a movie that you later would be embarrassed to admit that you saw? No I am not talking about you alone at night with a Ron the Hedgehog porno classic but I am talking about a film that I feel like I need to shower after watching.

And what you say can be so nasty? Hot Tub Time Machine. John Cusack’s career is in the toilet and he wants us to join him in swallowing this turd.

Lets talk about this steamer for a sec. Four loser friends in a drunken attempt to recapture their “golden” years of the long past 80 (80s?! when were they ever the good ole days?! That's your first hint that this is going to be an ankle grabber) shuffle off to a wretched ski resort and find a moldering long unused hot tub outside their suite. Said tub mysteriously starts operating and much drinking a vomiting ensue. Our lackluster losers sober up in the 80s where the malfing tub has deposited them. And now for the next hour we are pummeled by every four letter word in their arsenal, drugs, nudity and more drinking oh and fighting..... I think someone says butterfly effect a couple of times but the rest is a sloppy chaotic mess all but incomprehensible. Ah but in the end Chevy Chase does a couple of walk ons as a hapless hot tub mystic, and saves the day and everything works out in the end. Mostly.

What can I say. I admit it I watched this travesty in cellulose. If anyone in this film had ANY career before this one, its gone now. Oh and the blu-ray? NOTHING. NO EFFORT was made. No extras, no commentary, no deleted scenes. NADA so goose eggs for the disk and I rate the movie maybe a 3, 4 if I want to admit that I laughed at the consequences of a football bet and a squirrel (yep, good for you! Impossibly black and Gary Coleman’s forearm in a single movie scene it seems will make me laugh) Other wise this movie is a complete waste of time. Drop the disk and back away and we will never speak of this again...ok? Good.

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