Adam goes for a whirl with Hot Tub Time Machine

This film had me at the title. What sounds like a Disney ‘movie of the week’ is actually a hilariously foul-mouthed take on the space-time continuum.

Four friends (John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry) who are tired of their grown up, mediocre lives, attempt to relive their past glories at the Kodiak Valley ski resort. After a night of heavy drinking in the resort’s titular hot tub, the boys wake up in 1986 (don’t ask about the science. You don’t go to see a film called Hot Tub Time Machine for science). What follows is a series of equally smart and stupid riffs on the joys of youth, the dangers of excessive partying and the bizarre implications of the butterfly effect.

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Hot Tub Time Machine is directed by Steve Pink. Pink worked as a writer on two of John Cusack’s best films: Grosse Point Blank and High Fidelity and this is another winning collaboration. While no one would accuse this film of being a masterpiece, it is funny in all the right places and the cast have fantastic chemistry. The twisting plot of Hot Tub Time Machine offers up multiple opportunities for the cast to go wild, and they are all game. Special mention must be made of Rob Corddry. He is fantastic as the alcoholic, suicidal, douche bag Lou also known (when he drinks) as The Violator. He is a scene stealer and this role should elevate him from bit-player to comedic heavy.

One of the richest comedic elements of this film is its lampooning of the 80s. From walkmans to leg warmers, every groan-worthy fad gets a serve. It also gives the production team a chance to go nuts – this film is a sea of Jheri curls and pastel colours.

Like most guy-centric films these days, this film is ragingly homophobic and misogynistic, and you know what? These are some of the best parts. It is a testament to the wit of the writers and the charisma of the cast that we are never turned off. Lines that could stop most films dead in their tracks roll off these actors tongues and almost always hit their mark. This is a light, funny film filled some inspired comedic ideas. Think of it as Back to the Future’s foul-mouthed, learning disabled cousin.

Four Stars