Hot Tub Time Machine 2

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Release: Friday, February 20, 2015

[Theater]

Written by: Josh Heald

Directed by: Steve Pink

I, along with six other brave souls, ended up in a theater that was playing a film titled Hot Tub Time Machine 2 because apparently the original had that kind of effect on me. I’m now doubting all kinds of things about myself.

Steve Pink picks up where he left off in 2010 with a superfluous sequel to a comedy that many have deemed rather silly to begin with, and I’m in no position to argue against that. We’ve lost John Cusack in the transition, though. But what’s this — Adam Scott is in as an utterly useless replacement character? I suppose it’s fitting, as the boys in this slightly outrageous misadventure soon discover that going further into the future doesn’t always mean things improve. They do quite the opposite, as a matter of fact.

With the end results of their traveling back in time in Hot Tub Time Machine rendering Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Jacob (Clark Duke) much wealthier, superior versions of themselves — particularly Lou after the advent of his “Lougle” conglomeration — we are introduced to the same characters who are now much less likable. Corddry steps up the obnoxious a notch or two, resulting in his being blasted in the crotch with a shotgun by some agitated partygoer. As he begins to die in the most humiliating of fashions, his time-traveling pals come up with a plan to save him. They’ll use the hot tub to once again go back in time to prevent quite possibly the most unnatural castration ever.

Instead of going back to the past, the buffoons wind up jettisoning themselves ten years into the future, and things have changed seemingly in favor of young Jacob, who now is the proud owner of a ballin’ crib and has a hottie for a wife. She’s only one in a parade of beautiful women who serve as scenery/distractions from the fact that these guys just aren’t as funny this time around. Of course, saving Lou/Lou’s penis isn’t going to be as simple as it sounds and the narrative diverts into territory that is neither useful nor effective. I saw this film a matter of hours ago and am struggling to recall anything significant about minutes 20 through 90.

I do recall a steady decline into boredom, however. Adam Scott plays Cusack’s son, Adam Jr., but what the hell happened in that gene pool, exactly? A character devoid of dimension, most notably in the humor department, and a stiff at that — he is getting married very soon, as he repeats over and again, and he can’t afford to party like an animal as the others wish to — Adam Jr. represents a new low in a decidedly low-brow franchise. A brief flash of Community‘s Gillian Jacobs as his bride-to-be only compounds that problem.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2, when not falling flat with misfirings of all colors, shapes and sizes (and flavors) takes some rather dark turns and oversteps boundaries, making light of suicidal acts well past the point of mockery. I’m actually not sure if making fun of suicide is that bright of an idea to begin with. You might not believe me after all this, but the film isn’t exactly all for nothing; there still remains the camaraderie between the threesome. We experience the commitment Nick and Lou have to their friendships during a ridiculous and smirk-inducing game show sequence circa mid-movie.

Oh, but wait — didn’t something similar happen five years ago? Yes, yes it did. But repeating old jokes isn’t that offensive when compared to the new stabs at funny mostly failing. Pink’s follow-up asks some interesting questions about how we might govern our present-tense lives if we had any inkling of what today’s actions will lead to later, but the more interesting question really is how can a somewhat reliable formula produce such a different result? If you are bothered enough to try and answer that for yourselves, go ahead and see this. Personally, I’d rather get my own . . . ah, never mind. I won’t go there.

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1-5Recommendation: Neither funny nor that fun to spend time with, the gang has fallen on hard times indeed. What worked for the original was a sense of nostalgia for the ’80s (if you get nostalgic for that sort of thing). But for those who are fans of good comedy, seeing this one through just may make you nostalgic for the good old days of a John Cusack-led bubbly-tub bacchanalia.

Rated: R

Running Time: 93 long mins.

Quoted: “. . . that smells like hatred.”

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19 thoughts on “Hot Tub Time Machine 2

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  2. I’m really happy you didn’t bitch about the inappropriate jokes (aside from the suicide thing, which I can understand being mentioned). I’m getting very tired of the so-called critics who complain if a movie makes a dirty sex joke and such. This movie is being targeted for that kind of stuff, along with Kingsman…

    …but yeah, this looks like crap anyways. I’ll be skipping it!

    Sick poster though.

  3. Dude, we agree damn near 100%, I may have liked it just a tad more.

    While I’ll admit I laughed here and there, I couldn’t have been the only one to be disappointed at what the trailer (and alternate poster even!) seemed to indicate right?

    We didn’t expect an amazing comedy, but an average one jumping around history? Sounded like something not bad. What exists here is below average at best.

  4. This one completely crept up on me, I only found out about it the other day. I rather enjoyed the first one… it was stupid but it never tried to be anything else. I can’t believe they made a sequel. It sounds awful. I’ll save you from 50 Shades of Grey, now you’ll save me from this one. Thanks Tom. ;P

    • Alex that’s funny you say that b/c as this one started up I was constantly reminding myself: “It’s a comedy sequel, it’s a comedy sequel, it’s a comedy sequel, it’s a comedy sequel. . . .” Lol!

    • Yeah the first one absolute did NOT need a companion film. I did love the first one. I empathize with those who thought it was stupid though. It didn’t have high aspirations. This one, though. My goodness. . . . 😦

  5. This think looked god-awful so I can say I’m not surprised at your score. Oh how I long for the day when Hollywood can move past this raunchy comedy phase. It’s the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over….

    • I know right? I can get down with raunchiness. I empathize with your views there, it does get old, but if a film manages to make me laugh (raunchy films must work much harder to accomplish this, I might add) then I find the film is worthwhile. I Never expected to be *this* bored in HTTM 2.

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