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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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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:

$14,020,502 (USA) (26 March 2010)


$50,213,619 (USA) (4 June 2010)

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Did You Know?


Writers Sean Anders and John Morris were originally slated to direct until they were replaced by Steve Pink, a personal friend of John Cusack. See more »


It is stated at the beginning of the movie that Jacob is 20. Since he was conceived in 1986, that would put "present time" at 2006 or 2007. However, the hot tub is clearly set to "2010" when the guys return to the present. See more »


AdamNick: Ko... di... ak...
Lou: ...Valley! Fuckin' K-Vals!
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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 »


Spoofs Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) See more »


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Great White Buffalo
30 October 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

While the world was still recovering from the over-hyped Todd Phillips movie a smaller, quieter, but funnier movie slipped into cinemas and made a little splash. Both feature groups of troubled men looking for a good time, but Hot Tub Time Machine is just madder and more inventive.

Three losers and a tagging-along nephew book into a ski lodge hoping to relive their youthful experiences. But when the lodge turns out to be a dilapidated wreck they resort to just getting wasted in the hot tub. Said device sends them back in time when the circuits are fried by one of those awful energy drinks.

Arriving in 1986 (a year that presents us with several plot holes an anachronisms) they seize the opportunity to fix things for a better future (despite being warned not to) while Chevy Chase pops in and out as the hotel handyman who may or may not know the secret to time travel.

It's very silly, very irreverent stuff, but it works. There's almost a sort of magical, otherworldly feel to the hotel and Chevy Chase's character, I wish it was taken a little bit further (maybe in the sequel), and lampooning of 80s culture is spot-on, even if it's hardly the first movie to do so.

You won't stop smiling for the entire duration. Brainless or not, isn't that exactly what you want from a comedy?

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