USA 2010 Directed by: Steven Pink Written by: Josh Heald, Sean Anders, John Morris Story: Josh Heald Produced by: John Cusack, Grace Loh, Matt Moore, John Morris Cinematography: Jack Green Editing: George Folsey Jr., James Thomas Music: Christophe Beck Cast: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, Lyndsy Fonseca
You know how when you watch outtake scenes by Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise that you see them always laughing and giggling over every situation? That they seem to be the only people in on the jokes? No? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Then you will be in the same boat as the people who wouldn’t get HOT TUB TIME MACHINE.
As a child who grew up in the ‘80s, and, especially one that got dragged around in America, this movie served its purpose on a platter. It doesn’t delve too much into the bits and pieces of the decade, which would have upgraded it to cult status. But, rather, it was trying to just scratch enough off the surface so that the mainstream public would appreciate it as well, those with or without a can of hairspray in their bag or a pair of Cavaricci in their closets. And, because of it, it turned out a notch below par and will most likely be shelved away in the back somewhere.
The movie takes four present-day adults who are tired of their lives and brings them incidentally to a time-traveling hot tub. The script seems very loose. Little character buildup was needed. They were just tossed around from one scene to the next. One interesting bit is that they realized that any occurrence out of the ordinary could dramatically alter the future. So they decide to stick to how exactly everything had happened in the past, and relive those moments, knowing what would happen next. There are so sort of poetic thoughts there – if given a second chance in life, would you do things the same way? But, overall, it didn’t quite deliver on that note, at least not to that sentimental degree that it should have been, because it was all meant to be comedy – one big joke to the people who made this. I’m sure they were laughing about it all the way through the production.
One character, along with some of the best scenes, is Lou (Rob Corddry). He was on the brink of suicide before traveling back in time. And only towards the end did he admit that he attempted to end his life. And because of this, it gave him the highest stakes to live up to and the actions he took. And, because he lived to the soundtrack of Mötley Crüe, it gives enough cred for it to be passed around to those who “shout at the devil.”
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