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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

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A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aliu Oyofo ...
Young Nick
Jake Rose ...
Brook Bennett ...


Three friends on losing streaks: Adam, whose girlfriend dumped him, Nick, with a dead-end job and a cheating wife, and Lou, a suicidal alcoholic. To help Lou recover from car-exhaust poisoning, Adam and Nick, with Adam's nephew Jacob, go to a winter resort that was their old party place. It's now a dump, but the lads rally for a night of drinking in the hot tub. Somehow, the hot tub takes them back to 1986, on a fateful night for each of them. Maybe if they do everything the same way they did that night, they'll get back to the future so Jacob can be born. There are serious temptations to do things differently. Will they make it back to their sorry lives? And what about Jacob? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Ressaca  »


Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,020,502, 28 March 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Did You Know?


When the group first comes down the mountain, after the confrontation with the ski patrol, they start to realize something strange is happening. After the man passes talking about being on a mountain on his cell phone, you hear somebody say "A bet's a bet. I want my two dollars!" This is a reference to John Cusack's Better off Dead... (1985). Throughout the movie, the paper boy continuously chases down John Cusack yelling for his two dollars. See more »


(at around 1h 02 mins) After the end of the scene where Jacob sees the repairman at the cigarette machine, the next scene opens with Nick still passed out and leaning against the side of a urinal. After Nick wakes up you can see a smudge of his makeup on the side of the urinal for the rest of that scene. See more »


Nick: [on being stuck in the 80's] How am I supposed to get a job?
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Crazy Credits

The end credits start out as one of the main characters' alternative histories, showing real crew names over a flashy 1980s music video. See more »


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Written by Gary Kemp
Performed by Spandau Ballet
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Funnier Than Anticipated!
14 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Hot Tub Time Machine is a much funnier movie than what the film title calls for. I didn't really know what to expect of this film but I got way more than my lowered expectations. This is a funny, sweet film that pays homage to the 1980's. This is a film that made me wish I was a teenager back in the 80's.

Hot Tub is about a group of childhood friends and a nephew who decide to visit their past. While in a hot tub, they get transported back to the 80's unexpectedly. Now they must retrace their steps from the 80's and try and find a way back into the future.

Rob Corddry stole the show as the drunk party animal. He was the best part of the film. John Cusack and Craig Robinson also had very hilarious moments in this film.

Overall, this is far funnier than I anticipated. Being a big fan of the 80's, I was not disappointed. There are some clever jokes and quotes that shall forever be remembered. I rate this film 9/10.

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