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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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Kick Some Past

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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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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

When they're on the mountain, a guy skis past talking on a cell phone and asks "where's my $2.00?", a reference to the deranged bike riding paperboy in Better Off Dead... (1985), starring John Cusack See more »

Goofs

In the ski chalet scene there is a person shown wearing "Cross Colours". This brand was not invented until 1989 when Carl Jones came out with "clothes without prejudice" brand. See more »

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Lou: Every young man's fantasy is to have a three-way.
Jacob: Yeah not with another fucking guy!
Lou: It's still a three-way!
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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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Referenced in Workaholics: Fry Guys (2014) See more »

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Perfect Way
Written by Green Gartside and David Gamson
Performed by Scritti Politti
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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For all its ridiculousness and asshole-ness, it's still fun and enjoyable
28 July 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Hot Tub Time Machine" is actually quite enjoyable. The ridiculous title and its obvious concept turned me off at first but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

As a fan of John Cusack, it was pleasing to see his character, Adam, reminiscent of Rob from "High Fidelity" (2000), especially when his girlfriend moved out on him at the very beginning. "She basically called me an asshole, like I'm a narcissistic asshole." His friend replies, "Yeah, she has a point though." The movie does spend a significant amount of time with the guys being assholes and calling each other assholes, but it is probably the best guys-acting-as-assholes movie.

Three middle-aged men are despondent with the sad state of their lives, Rob Corddry being the worst of the bunch, is in the hospital with another not-suicide attempt (beause if he really wanted to, he would kick ass at killing himself), and Cusack and Craig Robinson are called in as the only people who could be described as his friends. Believe it or not, but the movie's opening with all this unhappiness is quite funny and real at the same time. To cheer themselves up, they are off to a ski resort where they used to hang out in the 80s. I think we all know why it's called "Hot Tub Time Machine".

As ridiculous and inane as this all sounds, there is a lot of clever humour in the movie, and the characters, as much as they are assholes, they are also real and genuine. I know them and that just makes them all the more fun. I was annoyed with the inclusion of Jacob (Clark Duke) as Cusack's nephew because I think one Jonah Hill is enough.


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