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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

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63

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 198
Fresh: 125 | Rotten: 73

Its flagrantly silly script -- and immensely likable cast -- make up for most of its flaws.

63

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 15

Its flagrantly silly script -- and immensely likable cast -- make up for most of its flaws.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 164,642

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Movie Info

Disappointed at the way their lives have turned out, four longtime friends reunite at the ski resort where they used to party and find themselves transported back to the year 1986 by a magical jacuzzi. Adam (John Cusack), Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob (Clark Duke) have all seen better days; Adam's and Nick's love lives are in the dumps, Lou is clinging to his hard-partying past, and video-game addict Jacob can't even muster the courage to walk outside. A fun stay at the ski

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Comedy

Josh Heald

Jun 29, 2010

$48.9M

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Well played, Hot Tub Time Machine, well played. You defied expectations, in a good way, and managed to evolve from "potentially silly concept" to "fairly funny film."

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Admirably turns a potentially one-note joke into a consistently funny package.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR | Comments (2)
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No masterpiece, perhaps, but Hot Tub Time Machine is post-pub perfection.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Hugely raunchy and undeniably funny, with Cusack adding just a hint of sweetness.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comment (1)
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Director Steve Pink offsets the satire with moments of genuine warmth.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Hot Tub Time Machine is funnier than any movie called Hot Tub Time Machine has a right to be. And how funny is that? Not very, but a little.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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You might not fall out of your seat laughing, but the film is consistently enjoyable from start to the very clever and amusing finish and with its brisk 93 minutes, it's worth taking a dip in this tub.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

What Hot Tub Time Machine critically lacks is any sense of wit in its humour. Vomit, urination, male nudity and gay panic jokes take up a large amount of the film's time.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

Like most guy-centric films these days, this film is ragingly homophobic and misogynistic, and you know what? These are some of the best parts. It is a testament to the wit of the writers and the charisma of the cast that we are never turned off.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

If the filmmakers had thrown in some variety, it might have worked, because I'm sure they were going for more than just a feeling of indifference.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Those drawn in by the name will surely get exactly what they expected and then some.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Yes, it's funny. Often really funny.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Through its slack editing and direction, Hot Tub Time Machine gives the impression of a halfhearted effort, as if the film's name and story were wacky enough that any old gag would do.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

it has the timing and insight of a Borscht Belt comic from the 1930s.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

The Hangover meets Back to the Future in this hilarious and unapologetically adult buddy chuckler.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly

Hot Tub Time Machine is rough around the edges ... [but] it offers us closure on a decade of great comedy -- from the very silly Anchorman to the deathly serious Funny People -- in which childish men are forced to grow the hell up.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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Hollywood nam ovim filmom pokazuje da, s vremena na vrijeme, zna stare ideje iskoristiti na svje i zabavan način

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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It doesn't care to explain how a jacuzzi becomes a de facto DeLorean ... nor does it get too bogged down in its butterfly effect meddlings -- it just wants to be a piece of good-times stupidness.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard

Despite the naff-sounding name which could easily have been a throwaway offering, it's actually one of the more fun comedies which sees grown men reduced to acting like teenagers.

September 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Despite being more muddled than a frat house 'cocktail', still manages to maintain a level of charm.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

full review at Movies for the Masses

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Greed is still good for these children of the 80s in the high concept mess Hot Tub Time Machine.

July 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Mindlessness done pretty well. Three middle-aged friends and a Gen Next tag along whose lives haven't turned out as they'd hoped travel back to 1986 via the titular device. Stupid fun ensues, some of it involving Crispin Glover.

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... swaps out clever plotting and smartly-tuned dialogue for horndog humor, excrement gags, drunken shenanigans and, of course, wanton sex...

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Hot Tub Time Machine

With such a fantastic title, one would have hoped for an inventive script filled with wit and one liners. Sad to say, there's way too little in the wit department, although there are one or two laugh-out-loud lines.

Consider this - there's a running joke about a one armed porter, who, when the group goes back into the 80's, sees the same porter bi-limbed. Of course the coarsest of the group, drunken wimp loser Lou, can't wait to see the poor porter lose his limb. Ha Ha Ha - well, mildly amusing, but the payoff really doesn't do the setup justice.

The direction of Steve Pink (probably hiding his real identity with that fake non de plume), is way off base - terribly uneven, and lacking focus. The film starts with a bang, showing one of the "travelers" in his dead end job at a dog grooming facility called "Sup Dawg", but then quickly goes into travel log mode and an absolutely lame bit of skiing camaraderie (I doubt that these middle aged losers, especially the drunk, can even find ski bindings let alone race down the slopes).

A further indictment of weak direction is the over reliance on spewing vomit - using it frequently and almost insisting that the viewer regard this as humor - here's a subtle hint: I've never ever thought that viewing vomit, in any way shape or form, to be funny.

Acting wise - John Cusack is totally wasted here (and wtf - he gets wasted and then is totally unphased by all he has ingested and smoked a mere manner of moments later), and Rob Corrdry is vulgar and way too manic - spitting out his lines (and yes, vomit) as if his life depended on it.

The film does have a saving grace - a very strong cameo by Chevy Chase - who utters some truly profound nonsense... an exhibition of writing that far outstrips the rest of the script and makes you wonder if Chase didn't just ad lib the entire thing.

About the only other laugh out loud moment involves the divine intervention of a "magic squirrel", though I will give the writers credit for calling Corrdry's Lou character's band Motley Lew.

Yes, this is a misogynistic guy flick, but that's no excuse for a weak script and a crass equals funny directive. To belabor the obvious, I wish I had a hot tub time machine, so I could recover the 2 hours lost by watching this decidedly mediocre attempt (and gee, isn't that some witty repartee on my part???).
November 7, 2012
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paul sandberg

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Cusack, one of the producers as well as one of the stars, looks back at his 80's heart-throb roots and asks that we chuckle at the memories ... and sometimes we do in this raunchfest filled with cool 80's tunes. It wasn't like this back then, but it wouldn't have been so bad if it was like this. Kinda fun.
October 13, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

This is a silly plot. Middle aged men go back in time via a hot tub. Back to the 80s where they have to relive it all before getting back to reality.
July 22, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Hot tub time machine isn't particularly funny although it has its moments. I really liked its attitude though, it didn't waste any time on back storeys or character development, it just got on with it - quite relentlessly actually. Part of the story was predictable but it's best selling point is that it doesn't even try to be preachy or have a moral to it, it is what it is. Recommended as something original with a couple of laughs.
July 16, 2012
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. April: You gotta embrace the chaos. You have to. That way, life might just astonish you.
    – Submitted by Dann M (16 months ago)
    1. Nick: First of all, Fuck you motherfucker!
    – Submitted by Drew M (22 months ago)
    1. Lou: Wait, I know that squirrel. That's a magic fuckin' squirrel!
    – Submitted by Jeremy F (23 months ago)
    1. Nick: Excuse me miss, what color is Michael Jackson?
    – Submitted by Andrew B (23 months ago)
    1. Jacob: Nobody wants to see your giant shit, Lou.
    – Submitted by Marc F (2 years ago)
    1. Nick: Looks like some kinda, Hot Tube Time Machine.
    – Submitted by Jackson L (2 years ago)
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