Edit
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) Poster

Goofs

Continuity 

When Lou is in the hospital and the decision is made to go to Kodiak Valley, he pulls out his catheter. Liquid sprays onto his pillow and it is clearly damp. In the very next shot the pillow is completely dry.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Anachronisms 

You can clearly see a poster for Rambo III on the wall of Blaine's bedroom. Rambo III wasn't released until 1988. They travel back to 1986.
The movie is set in early 1986, yet one of the anti-communist 'jocks' at the ski resort makes reference to 21 Jump Street, a show that didn't begin airing until 1987.
When Adam is writing poetry in the room after the breakup, he is listening to "I Just Died In Your Arms tonight" by the Cutting Crew. This song wasn't released in the U.S. until the spring of 1987.
9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
During the Poison concert, they pan the crowd. There is a woman with an Under Armor headband on. Under Armor was not even a company in 1986.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Nick Weber is in the hot tube with the groupie (allegedly in 1986) They're listening "Push It" from Salt-n-Pepa but this song wasn't released until March 9, 1987 and advanced into the Top 40 the week of December 26, 1987.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
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.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Nick walks up to his band members for the 1st time in the hotel lobby area, the song "Smooth Up In Ya" by the Bulletboys is playing in the background. That song didn't come out until September 1988.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of the snowmobiles being used by the ski patrol was not available for sale until 1997 by Ski Doo.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The song "Bizzare Love Triangle" is played at some point. This is ironic, considering it's off the New Order album, Substance 1987 - and as pointed out several other times here, they traveled back to 1986.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the ski chalet scene when they first realize they went back in time, there's a brief shot of a Nintendo arcade machine. However the "New Super Mario Bros" logo is from the 2006 Nintendo DS game, and an arcade game with that title or logo was never released.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When the guys are skiing down the mountain, the Motley Crue song "Kickstart my heart" is the music playing. They supposedly went back to 1986 but that song did not come out until 1989 on the "Dr. Feelgood" album.
1 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Nick asks a girl what color Michael Jackson is, the girl is wearing a pair of Smith brand goggles whose band features a logo that wasn't in use by Smith until many years after the scene is set.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Adam is doing drugs after breaking up with Jenny, he takes a hit from his bong and says "hungry" but his mouth doesn't move.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Character error 

When the time travelers return to 1986, they discuss doing everything the same so as not to mess anything up in the future. One person says "If you step on a bug, the Internet won't be invented." The internet was already invented in 1986, but not widely known or used in public homes.
9 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Continuity 

After Adam is stabbed in the eye by his girlfriend, he has a nasty wound. In later scenes the wound is missing.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Lou starts off with 6 shots of tequila, he throws one it breaks, he throws another it breaks but he still has 5 shot glasses left.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The top button on Nick Webber's pajamas switches between being buttoned and unbuttoned in several shots.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When they are playing "quarters" in their room at the hotel (in the present), the number of drinks on the table change.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the scene where the guys encounter the ski patrol for the first time. Jacob is pushed down and the Ski patrolman's hand radio clearly falls in the snow. In the next shot it's back in his chest pocket.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Rick wins the big bet Lou and Nick push the four money stacks towards him and Rick messes the piles up when pulling it towards him, in the next scene its four perfect stacks again
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When the guys are discussing what they did in 1986, the knee patches on Lou's pants go from open to closed between shots.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
At the Poison concert it switches between overhead shots of John Cusack being led through the crowd, and ones of him standing by the bar.
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The amount of cocaine on Nick's face changes between shots.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Factual errors 

The AFC Championship game played on 11 January 1987 shown in the bar was between the Denver and Cleveland. However, the game took place in Cleveland rather than Denver as shown.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Miscellaneous 

As the four guys enter Kodiac Valley talking about Adam (John Cusack) breaking up with the "great white buffalo", in the rear window they start to pass an awning as the scene changes inside the Denali then goes back to looking out the rear you see them start to pass the same awning again.
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When the time travelers return to 1986, they discuss doing everything the same so as not to mess anything up in the future. One person says "If you step on a bug, the Internet won't be invented." The Internet was already invented in 1986, but not widely known or used in public homes. Moreover, these guys are from 2010 and will not necessarily know - then and there - when exactly the Internet was invented, so it would not be out of character for them to think that in 1986 Internet still had to arrive. (Incorrectly regarded as a character error.)
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Lou is seen betting on Denver against Cleveland in the 1986 AFC Championship Game. While the actual Broncos-Browns game did take place in January 1987, it could be reasonably referred to as the 1986 conference championship because it followed the 1986 regular season (for example, even though they won Super Bowl XX in January 1986, the champions of that year are always called the "1985 Chicago Bears").
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Plot holes 

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.

Revealing mistakes 

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.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Towards the end of the movie as the three guys are talking to Phil and he is handing them the map printout from Lougle, you can see two search options underneath the address search bar and the option for "Search the Web" is checked instead of "Search the Maps" option.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The 1987 AFC Championship Game was the early game with a kickoff time of 12 p.m. Eastern Time. In the movie the game was on at night.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
(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.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When the one armed bell boy assists in taking everyone's bags to the room when they first get there, when he reaches to grab the bags you can clearly see the outline of his arm, that supposedly doesn't exist, under his shirt.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Nick calls Adam his iPhone says 4PM not 4AM.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

Most of the movie's anachronisms have to do with the setting being too early, but here's one that's wrong because the 1986 setting is too late. If Lou stayed in 1986, he couldn't have joined Mötley Crüe in time to record "Home Sweet Home" with them and appear in its video; that track was on the band's 1985 album Theater of Pain and in heavy rotation on MTV by the start of 1986, with Vince Neil singing.

See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page