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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 <>

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Kick Some Past


Comedy | Sci-Fi

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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?


When the guys first realize they're in the 80's and images are flashing up on the TV, there is one shot of Chevy Chase from his appearance in a Paul Simon music video "You Can Call me Al" from 1986 which is the year the movie is set. Chase plays the repair man in the movie. See more »


At the start of the film when Jacob Can be seen playing a PC game for about two seconds you can clearly see the Windows Media Player 11 "play" buttons as they come up when a video is full screen and has the mouse over it. See more »


Adam: One little change has a ripple effect and it effects everything else. Like a butterfly floats its wings and Tokyo explodes or there's a tsunami, in like, you know, somewhere.
Jacob: Yes exactly. You step on the bug and the fucking internet is never invented.
Lou: Oh then you'll have to talk to girls with your mouth.
Jacob: Yeah. No. I was more concerned about bigger consequences like not being born.
Lou: Yeah. No. I don't care about that.
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Funnier Than Anticipated!
14 December 2012 | by (United States) – 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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