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Hot Tub Time Machine

Updated on April 3, 2013

Time Paradox Question

If you had to suddenly relive a part of your life when you were in your late teens, what would you do?

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The 80's Are Back!

If you could revisit your late teenage years would you just relive it exactly the same, so it wouldn't mess up the present. Or would you take a chance and try to make it better with the knowledge that you know now? Such is the case for our protagonists in "Hot Tub Time Machine." What starts off as a simple vacation among four guys, who are utterly miserable in their lives, soon find themselves transported through time, when relaxing and drinking inside the hot tub outside their hotel room. Taking them back to relive their glorious eighties years again. For fear of the consequences caused in the film, "The Butterfly Effect", our heroes try to relive everything they do exactly the same way until they can get back home, so they won't mess up anything in the future.

Which is easier said than done. As Adam (John Cusack) has to not only break up with his girl friend from that era, but he has to get stabbed in the eye again with a fork by her. Plus, their jerk of a friend, Lou (Rob Corddry), has to get beat up just like before....not just once either...but twice. Just to preserve the time line. Like I said, it's easier said than done. As I can't imagine anyone in their right mind trying to get beat up, or stabbed in the eye on purpose for any reason. However, if they wish to preserve the time line, then they have be willing to make that sacrifice.....or do they?

The humor is crude, gross, vulgar, and highly obnoxious at times.  However, for all those same reasons alone.....I absolutely love this film.   I can't remember the last comedy since "Hangover" where the plot wasn't that complex, yet it still offered a lot of unique twists to keep the audience interested while generating a lot of laughs along the way.  In fact, this was probably one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.   Don't let the title of this film fool you, as it's a heck of a lot better than it sounds.  In fact, anyone who loves adult oriented comedies, will not want to miss "Hot Tub Time Machine" as it seems like almost every scene is guaranteed to be funny.

If that wasn't enough, the acting performances weren't bad either.  As I thought each actor not only filled in their roles nicely, they also added a lot of comical depth to it as well, individually.  I especially loved Rob Corddry's performance as he literally stole the whole movie, with his portrayal of the obnoxious smart mouthed jerk.  Sure, his character, Lou, was a major jerk and quite rude, but somehow you just couldn't hate him.  In fact, you would have to be void of any kind of humor, to not laugh at some of his remarks and exploits throughout the film. 

As I said earlier, "Hot Tub Time Machine" isn't the most cleverly written comedy out there, but it's certainly one of the funniest.  Just relax and enjoy a few drinks inside the hot tub, and be prepared for one wild ride you might not soon forget.


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      Steven Escareno 8 years ago

      lol. thanks stacie. to be honest, i was still in grade school during the 80's, so i know i wouldn't want to relive those years again. lol.

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      Stacie L 8 years ago

      I hated the 80's so I don't think I'd be going back...LOL

      thanks for a good review

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      Steven Escareno 8 years ago


      thanks pinky. yeah, i agree with you, i'd probably try to change certain things for the better too if i could relive my life.


      thanks buddy. i'm glad you liked the review, and thanks for serving the country during one of america's most tragic wars.


      Your welcome. Although I did like "Being John Malkovich" also, I didn't really find it funny. An interesting film with a great story, but it just didn't make me laugh. However, I hope you like "Hot Tub Time Machine" though. The comedy is a bit low brow, but it's pretty hilarious.

      @ann nonymous

      thanks ann. well to be honest, i wasn't planning on still publishing hubs until after I found another job. However, from reading that thread you opened up about me a while back, I got inspired to at least try to make time to publish a hub every once in a while on here. Although I doubt seriously I'll see any money from it right away, I was just so touched by everyone who cared about my absence for a while. Anyway, thanks ann for being such a great friend. :)

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      Ann Nonymous 8 years ago from Virginia

      I just heard about this for the first time two days ago but didn't catch the whole trailer. So I appreciate this review a lot. I guess the fact that this is kind of predictable should warm me off but I LOVE a good laugh. And of course it's great to see you still putting out hubs...good job, Steven!!!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Really sounds like my kind of movie...John Cusack is great in anything, but offbeat comedy suits him the BEST. I loved "Being John Malkovitch", that movie was hilarious! And very weird. This really sounds like a don't- miss! Thanks!

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Stevie - Even though my late teens were spent mostly in Vietnam don't think I'd change em...Great review..

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      pinkylee 8 years ago

      awesome review hun ... i would change my teen years for the better