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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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Steve Pink

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Josh Heald (screenplay), Sean Anders (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
Crystal Lowe ... Zoe
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Storyline

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ressaca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Craig Robinson came up with the Michael Jackson joke used on the trailer, as well as the "It must be some kind of hot tub time machine" line that he deadpans directly into the camera. See more »

Goofs

One of the snowmobiles being used by the ski patrol was not available for sale until 1997 by Ski Doo. See more »

Quotes

Nick: Lou, why would he do this?
Adam: Why? I mean make a list. He's an alcoholic, he's divorced, his wife ran off with that Jamaican guy.
Nick: He's failed at every jived ass money hustle he's ever tried.
Adam: He has a mountain of debt.
Nick: He hates his mother.
Adam: Hates himself, hates everybody.
Nick: He has erectile dysfunction.
Adam: He's got halitosis.
Nick: He's got that right ball! One less ball, shriveled up
Adam: Oh yeah!
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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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References Miami Vice (1984) See more »

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Smooth Up in Ya
Written by Jimmy D'Anda, Mick Sweda, Marq Torien and Lonnie Vencent
Performed by BulletBoys (as Bullet Boys)
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 napierslogsSee 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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