Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) is a fun – but too silly – comedy in which three friends over the nephew of one of them (half of which enters in this story) get together to relive the old days in a ski resort. Once there, the ski are so many memories good and bad is falling apart, decaying. Medium without having to do all four if they play in the defective whirlpool room’s balcony (the hot tub of the title) after suffering a short, becomes a time machine (a time machine of the title) . Thus, the four are catapulted into 1986, exactly the year that changed – or not changed, depending on your point of view – their lives.
The cool movie begins with the actors. We have John Cusack in the role of Adam, a successful man in monetary terms but you just take your foot in the ass girlfriend, Craig Robinson in the role of Nick, a man with one of the worst jobs in the world (see the movie to know what it is) and a girlfriend who betrays him and Rob Corddry as Lou, a drunken failure and suicide. The trio is hilarious and even John Cusack, who for me never look good on a quizzical comedy like this, shows up in shape.
The other interesting point of the movie hot tub time machine is that for us, spectators, the trio plus the nephew of Adam actors appear as normal older. However, in the eyes of all in 1986, they are young as they were at the time (his nephew, Jacob, played by Clarke Duke, does not change the appearance or our eyes or the eyes of staff, 1986).
In addition, the 80, already well represented by the John Cusack (Sixteen Candles, Better Off Dead, Eight Men Out and Say Anything, among others), with the presence of none other than Chevy Chase. I love Chase and not seen for a long time in movies. Its tip, a “handyman” mysterious hotel in the host’s friends, I remembered the tip of Bill Murray in Zombieland.
Still on the 80, the knowledge of the characters about time travel is exclusively classic films of that era such as Back to the Future and Terminator. There are several hilarious moments at the expense of these great works.
But the movie is not just joy. First, despite portraying very well the 80s, with songs and tacky clothes and features, it is set in a ski resort, which makes their connection with the 80 countries like Brazil more difficult. But that in itself is not a big problem, just a detail that made me suspicious. The main point is that the mess due to the film, basically represented by the absurdly politically incorrect attitudes Lou begins to decrease from the second half, culminating in situations moralizing completely decontextualized. It would be much cooler if the movie ended in the biggest disgrace in place of the politically perfect.
In any case, worth the trip to the cinema.
Rating: 6.5 out of 10