277 user 271 critic

Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

2:31 | Trailer
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.


Steve Pink


Josh Heald (screenplay), Sean Anders (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1,990 ( 805)
5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Adam
Clark Duke ... Jacob
Craig Robinson ... Nick
Rob Corddry ... Lou
Sebastian Stan ... Blaine
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Jenny
Crispin Glover ... Phil
Chevy Chase ... Repairman
Charlie McDermott ... Chaz
Lizzy Caplan ... April
Collette Wolfe ... Kelly
Aliu Oyofo Aliu Oyofo ... Young Nick
Jake Rose Jake Rose ... Young Adam
Brook Bennett Brook Bennett ... Young Lou
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Zoe (as Crystal Lowe)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Kick Some Past


Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Screenwriters 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 »


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. See more »


Nick: Excuse me Miss, what color is Michael Jackson?
Girl At Bar: ...black?
Nick: AAHHH!
See more »

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 »

Alternate Versions

The unrated version is longer by 1 minute and 40 seconds. See more »


References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Once in a Lifetime
Written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz), Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth
Performed by Talking Heads
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
See more »

User Reviews

9 August 2010 | by fernloth-2See all my reviews

I'm not sure when it started, but the mix of feigned airheaded and highly sarcastic 'humor' dominating most comedy films today is wearing thin on me. It's laid on so thick in Hot Tub Time Machine, I almost want to give the creators the benefit of the doubt for a scathing parody of the phenomenon, but I can't quite make myself believe it.

The movie is a fairly cookie cutter back-in-time affair, but unlike most comedy in that vein, this film seems to have a real contempt for its subject matter. Rather than seeking to establish a setting realistic to the 80s era it unfolds in, Hot Tub Time Machine settles for a few hair band soundtrack standards, a few token costume nods and a handful of visual references to the movies of the era. However, there is nothing of the feeling of the time as the film continues along the usual modern trend of screamed obscenity and low brow physical humor. The actors are irrelevant as their cardboard cutout characters never get developed to any significant degree. The story, even if written in parody, is a limp cliché from start to finish. The jokes are tired. Even the soundtrack plays like a 80s party hits template.

This movie ultimately has the feel of a bad idea, badly executed that got reluctantly tossed out for scrap DVD sales. As someone who grew up in the 80s, I didn't find it even tokenly fun as it really seems to despise its subject matter. On its own merit, it doesn't even measure as a half-hearted attempt.

20 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 277 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »





English | Russian

Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Tub Time Machine See more »


Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,020,502, 28 March 2010

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed