Released in 2010, Hot Tub Time Machine is a science-fiction comedy film that will have you laughing and cringing in equal measure.
Adam, Nick, Lou and Jacob are four guys whom are going through a rough time right now; Adam has just been dumped by his girlfriend, Nick is in a dead-end job and currently being cheated on by his wife, Lou is a lonely and suicidal alcoholic, and Jacob (Adam’s Nephew) has no plans for his future and would much rather live his life through a computer than in the real world.
Following Lou’s attempt to end his life, Adam and Nick decide to take him on a road trip back to a ski resort where they all shared a memorable weekend back in the eighties… dragging Jacob along for the ride, things look far from promising. That is of course until they try out a hot tub, which somehow has the ability to transport people back to 1986; to the very same weekend that the guys were there, first time around.
As you can tell from the above description, this film could never really be taken too seriously. However, if you look upon this title as a mash up between Back to the Future and The Hangover, you begin to see it in a different light – realising it can’t all be as bad as it seems.
Starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke as the leading four-some, it’s true to say the film doesn’t have that much of a cast to shout about; however, if you stop looking for reasons to criticise this movie for what it doesn’t have, you may begin to realise what it does have.
At its core Hot Tub Time Machine, is a hilarious comedy that doesn’t require an awful lot if brain power to enjoy. There are laughs a plenty to be had as the guys begin to realise they are indeed back in the eighties, and more to follow as realisation hits regarding what must happen to allow them all to travel back to the present day.
Additionally, on a slightly deeper note, this film does in fact champion strong friendships and the ability and willingness to challenge our own destinies.
As is clear to see, this film is far from everybody’s cup of tea; however, if you are after something that is easy to watch, and will have you laughing within minutes, then why not give Hot Tub Time Machine a go?
Running time – 101 minutes
Certificate – 15
Certificate – 15