Posted on 5/09/10 11:45 PM
A woefully unfunny, ironically misguided romp that fails to do anything new with its subject matter.
Through a series of plot contrivances involving bar fights, duels, and empty-headed ex-girlfriends, the plights of our four increasingly juvenile and unsympathetic main characters feel to hinge entirely on the lame plot of the movie. They are forgettable and cartoonish; neither the writing nor the performances are strong enough to foster a character with an endearing legacy like, for example, McLovin' from Superbad.
Hot Tub Time Machine is not nearly as unabashedly silly as it promised to be. The film had an imperceptible layer of amateurish gloss, or to be more clear, it strived for a technical sophistication that sort of contradicted the simple stupidity of its title and concept. Gags are poorly developed and feel unfinished with weak punchlines.
I wanted to smack my hand against my face and say "oh my God how dumb!" as I tried to catch my breath between belly laughs. But that was regrettably just not so...sadly, this excursion into Stupidom was not meant to be.