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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) - Comedy

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) - Hot tub as time machine puts three friends and a dork back in the 1980's. Their lives in various levels of dysfunction they have the opportunity to change there futures by changing their pasts. Lou (Rob Corddry) made a suicide attempt before the trip and now is still willing to try not to mess up the past. Adam (John Cusack) brings Lou to the place where there greatest weekend adventure of the eighties took place. Instead of finding the magic of that time in the now run down ski lodge, they find a night of drinking that leads to the trip in the hot tub time machine. With Nick (Craig Robinson) reeling from finding out his wife has been cheating on him Lou Adam and his nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) try to not destroy the future while in the past. Still it is impossible to get everything right and these guys are damaged from the start. When they wake in the morning in the eighties the gags are about the exaggerated 80s clothes and hair styles and although at times there are some funny bit they never quite get hilarious. Chevy Chase plays the hottub repair man who flits in and out with useless warnings about the machine, or is he talking in secret messages. The problem is that he never fully is explored as a character. The buddy movie aspect of this film does work but it is the laughs that come out flat.
Rating (5.2)

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