Ian's Movie Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff

Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine set out to make this year’s The Hangover, but didn’t quite deliver. I guess I would sum up this movie as a lot of mediocrity broken up every once in a while by some glints and gleams of genius. There are things to like here, but overall the movie left me feeling bland.

The characters are actually quite well-rounded and each has their own issues to deal with as they time travel back to the eighties. I must say I was really impressed with Rob Corddry here. I knew he was funny from the Daily Show, but I didn’t also realize he could actually act and create a character with consistency and depth.

But was the movie funny? With a show that has such a wacky premise as four guys traveling to the eighties in a hot tub, you would expect some wacky stuff. But not really. Some things fall flat and a poorly executed, like a reveal at the end about certain parental roots. Other moments are really funny, like Craig Robinson’s character phoning his then 9 year old wife.

I am disappointed that they felt like they couldn’t stay away from certain gross-out gags. I always see those as a crutch for cheap laughs, and I personally don’t understand why being as disgusting as possible is funny. Also, what was with the Chevy Chase character? That had no play-off what-so-ever.

Not a lot of laughs here, a few but not a lot, but the characters keep you interested and the ending is really quite satisfying, though completely devoid of any kind of message. Not quite enough to be all too memorable of a comedy however.
But I must give kudos to the costume department, especially the ski hill scene.

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