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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

$64,616,723
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the group first meets Blaine (Sebastian Stan), Jacob (Clark Duke) says "Hey look, it's the douchebag from Karate Kid." Rick, who was betting against Lou (Rob Corddry) in the bar, was played by William Zabka, who was the rival of Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid (1984). See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Nick: It must be some kind of hot tub time machine...
[deadpans into camera]
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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 »

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Soundtracks

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Written by Gary Kemp
Performed by Spandau Ballet
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Heartless
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.


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