Director: Steve Pink (Accepted)
Screenplay: Josh Heald, Sean Anders
Starring: John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 100 min.
When one heads to the theater to see an R-rated dude-centered comedy called Hot Tub Time Machine about a group of guys at a ski resort who travel backwards in time to the 1980s, there are going to be certain expectations. It’s going to be raunchy. It’s going to have beer and boobs. Most importantly, there will be plenty of fluorescent and Culture Club. Hot Tub Time Machine delivers on all of these expectations.
The movie opens up by introducing us to the four characters who will find themselves displaced in time. There is Adam (Cusack) a self-absorbed and discontent workaholic who comes home from his job one day to find that his girlfriend has moved out. Jacob (Duke), Adam’s socially awkward nephew, lives in his basement playing video games online all day with no ambition to get a job or go to college. There is Nick (Robinson) who once had dreams of being a rock star, but now works unhappily grooming animals. Then there is Lou (Corddry), the alcoholic party-animal childhood friend who is estranged from the others due to his unwavering asshole ways.
When Lou is hospitalized in an apparent suicide attempt, Adam and Nick decide to take Lou (and drag along nephew Jacob) to their old ski resort vacation town stomping grounds, where they had what they all believe to be the best times of their lives. When they find the once popular destination deserted, they try to make the best of it and proceed to get extremely drunk in their resort room’s hot tub. Waking up the next day and finding the slopes packed, they soon discover that they have somehow traveled back to the 1980s. This is where the story really begins.