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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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26 March 2010 (USA)  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,020,502, 28 March 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$50,287,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,985,447
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Trivia

After arriving in the past, Adam (John Cusack) pulls a Fishbone t-shirt from his suitcase. Cusack is a known fan of the band, and there have been references to them in several of his other films. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Repairman: [indicates cigarette machine] Hey, maybe what you need isn't in here after all.
[indicates Candy Girl's heart]
Repairman: Maybe what *you* need has always been in here.
Candy Girl: Really?
Repairman: No.
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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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Home Sweet Home
Written by Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Vince Neil
Performed by Mötley Crüe
Courtesy of Downtown Music Services
By arrangement with Masters 2000, Inc. / Eleven Seven Music
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Excellent spin on the time travel genre
30 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

I was a little skeptical when I heard the name of this movie, but it actually turned out to be very funny. The laughs were all in the right spots, hit the right notes, and kept on coming. What more can you ask for in a comedy? What I particularly enjoyed was how they played off the clichés that are usually associated with time travel movies. Also, the eighties references weren't ridiculous; they were just enough to make it work, and it seems like the writers did a lot of weeding to pick only the jokes that worked. Very refreshing since there are so many idiotic comedies that think they're more funny than they are. John Cusack was good as always, and the rest of the cast did an excellent job. In fact, I think I could safely say that this was not a John Cusack movie, but rather an ensemble movie that didn't really have a weak link. There were also a few moments (I won't spoil them) that were excellent references and surprises. This one is a must-see if you just want to have a fun night out and laugh.


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