60 Second Movie Review – Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
March 2, 2012 6 Comments
That’s right. Last week’s movie review was of William Shakespeare’s Henry V. This week’s movie review is of John Cusack’s Hot Tub Time Machine.
Hot Tub Time Machine is, like Snakes on a Plane, a movie that looks like it may have been sold on the title alone, but there are two additional reasons to see it.
The first to watch the movie is the cast of John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corrdry, and Clark Duke. Their comic chops carry the film, and the four of them have decent chemistry as well.
The second reason to watch the movie is for the nostalgia, so long as you remember the ’80s and don’t mind revisiting it for 101 minutes. The film is retro from the very start, with a 1980s font for the title, and Autograph’s 1984 single “Turn Up The Radio” blasting over the opening credits.
Half the fun for me was recognizing the music. There was Rob Corddry (I never learned their screen names), drunk in his car, in his garage, singing along to Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” and playing some sweet sweet air drums. There was Public Enemy’s “Louder Than a Bomb” blasting when they first party in the hot tub. There was Scritti Politti’s “Perfect Way” playing when they first realize when they are.
And this movie could justify itself in large part for bringing back Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” as it was made for the soundtrack of a 1980s movie.
At times Hot Tub Time Machine recaptured the particular silly escapism of a good 1980s classic, and at other times it floundered too much setting up bits.
The writing was also mixed. The anti-gay comments are supposed to be understood as ironic, but add up to just feel, well, anti-gay.
Some of the lewd lines were hits…
The taxidermist is stuffing my mother.
…some depended on delivery to make them work…
This better be the last time my ass travels through time.
…and others were undeliverable…
It’s only pee! Relax, it’s only pee!
Yeah, the pee jokes were not my favorite part of the film. Or the Chevy Chase fart jokes. (Yes, the Chevy Chase fart jokes, made by Chevy Chase.) Or the projectile vomiting. When the Farrelly Brothers grossed us out in There’s Something About Mary, they structured that shit.
So while I enjoy watching Craig Robinson rock out to “Jessie’s Girl,” I would only recommend the movie if that is something which already appeals to you. It can definitely be a relaxing excursion if you wanna chill out, but I don’t think that Hot Tub Time Machine is winning any converts along the way.
I give it two-and-a-half hot tubs.
Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Hot Tub Time Machine
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
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