Posted: 03/31/2010


Hot Tub Time Machine


by Lauren Sepanski

John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase

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Time travel stories have been lingering for centuries, fading in and out of media, books, television, comics, and movies. The 1980’s were the best the world had seen from the time travel concept, starting with Back to the Future, but it was truly bastardized in 1989 with Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Although the moral of the film did send out a heart-warming message, (“Be excellent to each other,”) kind of, I guess, the film itself went totally off the wall with the idea that two high school kids using a telephone booth could complete a history project to graduate. This, to me, felt like it opened the floodgates for all kinds of crazy time travel stories. And, last weekend, the world got the craziest time travel idea to date with the long awaited Hot Tub Time Machine.

I’m going to have to say this right off the bat, because I cannot contain it any longer: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FILM IN THE PAST YEAR! (Yeah, I said it.) After viewing it for the first time last month at a screening I went to a bar with some friends and discussed what we though was real and true comedy. We ended up making a list of some of the greatest comedies ever made, (in our own opinion.) including Caddyshack, Animal House, The Blues Brothers, and now, I am very glad to say that Hot Tub Time Machine beat out the series of Mel Brooks films in the top five. This movie really has all of the elements of a classic comedy and I really do feel it will be one that lasts throughout generations to come. People even now are just discovering comedies like Blazing Saddles and Billy Madison.

The name says it all. Hot Tub Time Machine is the story of three high school friends who have lost touch over the years, brought back together after one of them ends up in the hospital. Adam, (John Cusack,) Nick, (Craig Robinson,) and Lou, (Rob Corddry,) along with Adam’s nephew, Jacob, (Clark Duke,) head up to a ski town where they had so many fun times as teenagers. And, what can I say? Wackiness ensues when they all get wasted in the hot tub and wake up to find it’s 1986 again. They want to get back to the present, but can’t help wondering what their lives might have been like if they made some slightly different decisions. The best part for audiences is watching the past slap them in the face … hard. Neon, jheri curls, Regan, cassette tapes, hair metal, wine coolers, and villains named Blaine. I can’t say why, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Again, this movie has every comedic element, including my personal favorite, the run-on joke; and the cherry on top of this run-on gag, Crispin Glover. I don’t want to spoil anything, all I want to ask is has anyone really checked out Crispin’s IMDB lately? Nice pic, Crispin. (He’s not insane, he’s a genius! For proof visit: ) Also there is a delightful drunken bear who seems to be present in most of the best scenes. Rock on, Bear. Chevy Chase was there, too, which always helps, I don’t care what you haters say. (haters be hatin’ on Chevy.)

I can’t explain how in love I am with this movie. I haven’t seen a film more than once in the theater since Austin Powers or TitanicAvatar can bite my butt.) but I have already seen Hot Tub Time Machine twice and I, without a doubt, will go at least two more times! I adore the characters, John Cusack is adorable as always and I will watch anything he is in until the day he dies, (yes, even 2012 which I loved because it was over 2 hours of Cusack,) the soundtrack kicks ass and Rob Corddry is a sexy badass and the world would have never known if it weren’t for Hot Tub Time Machine.

Lauren Sepanski Lauren Sepanski is a writer and animation connoisseur living in Los Angeles

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