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Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Director:
Steve Pink
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Hot Tub Time Machine
RUNNING TIME
100 minutes
Producer:
John Cusack
Grace Loh
John Morris
Screenwriter:
Josh Heald
Sean Anders
John Morris


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Adam Yates John Cusack
Lou Dorchen Rob Corddry
Nick Webber Craig Robinson
Jacob Yates Clark Duke
Father Time / Hot Tub Repair Man Chevy Chase
Blaine Sebastian Stan
April Drennan Lizzy Caplan
Zoe Crystal Lowe
Kelly Yates/Dorchen Collette Wolfe
Phil Wedmaier Crispin Glover
Courtney Agnew-Webber Kellee Stewart

 

Review

The basic premise of Hot Tub Time Machine is stupid. And I'm not talking about the time-travel part, which is what it must be, but rather that our three protagonists decide to follow their own footsteps during a weekend in their teens in 1986 in order not to evoke the butterfly effect, only to find that life isn't deterministic and you can really achieve whatever you want (great self-help mantra) - well, as long as you can predict the future. These three guys, Adam, Lou and Nick, must be among the least interesting lead characters on screen in a long time. They are painfully average in essence, annoying to watch, and go from fairly ethical to completely amoral after realizing that time-travelling can make them wealthy, and wealth can make them happy. What makes Hot Tub Time Machine watchable is that it manages quite a few isolated situational laughs. In other words, the film can boast a sense of humour, but not much of a soul. And for a film about time-travelling back to the 80s (oh, the 80s...), there's not much heartfelt nostalgia to note here, mostly superficial mockery.

 

Copyright 26.3.2012 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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