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Reviewed by: Bill Ramey
March 20, 2010
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SYNOPSIS: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE follows a group of best friends who've become bored with their adult lives: Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can't find the party; Nick's (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won't leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures - one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!

DIRECTED BY: Steve Pink
WRITTEN BY: Josh Heald
CAST: John Cusak, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke
OFFICIAL SITE: HOTTUBTIMEMACHINEMOVIE.COM
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HOT TUB TIME MACHINE...

I guess this is what you get when you try to mix BACK TO THE FUTURE with THE HANGOVER. However, the amalgamation is not as good or funny as either.

I'll admit that I was sort of looking forward to this flick since both my high school and college days took place in the 80’s. Yes, I once had a mullet, “pinched-rolled” my Levi 501’s, sported “boat shoes,” and flipped the collar of my pink/yellow/baby blue Izod shirt up.

So from a nostalgia standpoint, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE is fun -- particularly for those who are in my age range. However, humongous cell phones, girls with really big hair, and guys in pastels are funny at first, but all that stuff gets tired rather quickly. That may not have been the case if the story had any substance and was remotely interesting.

The premise for HTTM sounds like a riot and probably looked good on paper. Frankly, it should have been better than the end product. Nevertheless, I had a hard time caring about any of the main character's “life re-do’s.” In fact, I found them to be quite contrived and predictable.

And I’ve got to ask: Why in the hell is Chevy Chase -- as well as his character -- in this movie? A mystical hot tub time machine repairman? Whatever.

This thing starts out strong, but soon spirals into mediocrity Honestly, if you’ve seen the trailer -- particularly the “red band” one (CLICK HERE to see it) -- you’ve already seen the best this movie has to offer.

By the way...

“The James Brown Celebrity Hot Tub Party” > HOT TUB TIME MACHINE.

GRADE: C

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE hits theaters everywhere on March 26, 2010.

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