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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
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Zoe (as Crystal Lowe)
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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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Taglines:

Kick Some Past

Genres:

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:

Hot Tub Time Machine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,020,502, 28 March 2010

Gross USA:

$50,287,556

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,985,447
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Jacob jokingly refers to Blaine as the "douchebag from Karate Kid 3". Shortly after this scene, William Zabka (who portrayed an antagonist in The Karate Kid (1984)) makes a cameo appearance. See more »

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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. See more »

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Jacob: [from trailer] Do I really gotta be the asshole who says we got in this thing and went back in time?
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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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The unrated version is longer by 1 minute and 40 seconds. See more »

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Nonsense and Plot Holes.... but I Like It!
17 June 2010 | by trinigeleonSee all my reviews

First off, let me say that I did rather enjoy this film.

Yes, it is a rather (read: VERY) far-fetched premise. And yes, it does have some massive plot holes mainly because it completely disregards the space-time continuum. But this film is not designed to have you focus on these things. It is only after viewing that you realise just how stupid the whole thing is and where all the problems with time-lines etc, etc lie. Yet, I still found myself wanting to see it again.

The main characters play their parts very well. All the actors must have known exactly what they were getting themselves into and they are all willing participants. I did especially enjoy Rob Corddry's part as a washed up, dead end, dead beat alcoholic. His character was the fulcrum for the majority of the humour, both situational and verbal. Craig Robinson bought the light-hearted humour, as well as some of the best punch lines of the film. John Cusack played the 'serious' dramatic/comedic role and Clark Duke has his moments while helping to aim the whole package toward a younger demographic. Even the secondary characters have their moments of comedy glory.

There are genuine laugh out loud moments spread pretty evenly throughout which are based on plot and character, not just gross-out humour. And although gross-out humour is present it sits well because the film doesn't rely on it alone to deliver the laughs.

Another thing I found very entertaining about this movie was that as the characters travelled back to the 80's it was almost as if the humour did too. I don't mean to say that things descended into a 'Porkie's Revisited' or anything like that, but there were definite elements of the 80's present in the way the humour and characters come across. Think back to scenes you remember off the top of your head from Back To The Future, Caddy Shack, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, hell - even Breakfast Club. Hot Tub Time Machine just seemed to capture some of that and revive it for today's audiences.

I would recommend HTTM to anyone with a sense of humour not wanting to think too deeply and wanting to be entertained for 90 minutes.

Like I said at the top of this review... There are plot holes. There is no recognition of the space-time continuum - actually, the future repercussions of the character's actions would have never worked out like they do. And, really, at no point does the film actually make sense.

BUT... I was still entertained. I still laughed. I still wanted to see where the characters went. I still find myself remembering lines from the film and smiling. And, even after all I've just written, I'd still watch it again.

Can't say more than that now, can I?


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