Hot Tub Time Machine

In 2010, four good friends have had a string of bad luck with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack – 2012, High Fidelity) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry - W., What Happens in Vegas) is a party guy who cannot find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson – The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Miss March) wife controls his every move; and Adam’s video game obsessed nephew Jacob (Clark Duke – Sex Drive, Kick-Ass) will not leave his basement.

After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986.

Vic’s Review:

This movie is hands down the funniest comedy of the year… so far.  Yes it’s still early in the year, but right from the start this movie had tons of great physical and raunchy humor and kept the laughs going to the end of the film.  The 3 older guys go to relive their youths at Kodiak Valley, a popular ski resort that they had frequented in the past, only to find the entire town run down and nearly out of business.  Adam brings his nephew, Jacob, along and after a night of binge drinking, they suddenly find themselves back in 1986 at the point where some of their lives had changed for the worse.

They find themselves in the body’s of their younger selves, except for Jacob who hadn’t been born yet who fades in and out ala Marty McFly in Back to The Future.  They see that their actions at this point may have drastic consequences (such as Jacob not being born), so they decide, however painful, that they must perform the same actions that they had before.  However, the 3 guys eventually individually decide that they don’t want to live through the same agonizing past and make slight changes with unintended and hilarious consequences.

There are some great scenes with Crispin Glover as the disgruntled, one-armed bellboy Phil; whose past, fully-appendaged self gets into the most precarious situations.  At every turn there’s a chance that Phil will lose his arm and Lou is there to cheer on the inevitable.  The film also stars Chevy Chase as the cryptic, hot tub time machine repair man who appears and disappears randomly and mysteriously.

I would definitely recommend watching this movie twice: once with a large group in a theater and a second time to get all the jokes you missed the first time because you were laughing so hard.

P.S. The music video at the end of the film is priceless.

Vic’s Rating: 8.5 out of 10