Hot Tub Time Machine
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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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.