Not as funny as it looks, but nonetheless watchable, time travel comedy; which sees John Cusack and friends transported to the year 1986 via the titular hot tub time machine. Now magically in their late teens, the gang get a chance to do it all again; amend the mistakes of their youth whilst staying on a course that'll ensure Cusack's nephew isn't erased from existence!
Director and frequent Cusack collaborator; Steve Pink (co-wrote 'Grosse Pointe Blank' and adapted 'High Fidelity') gets the tone about right and doesn't miss a beat when it comes to re-creating the '80s on screen. The problem lies in the fact that 'HTTT' wants to be all things to all people: its part poignant buddy movie, part gross out farce and part clever sitcom; the elements for a good movie are all there but the package as a whole fails to deliver.
They're some laughs to be had along the way (e.g. cameos from 'Karate Kid' villain William Zabka and 'Back To The Future's' Crispin Glover), though you can't help but think that Cusack ended up in a role better suited to the likes of Sean William Scott or Ashton Kutcher. And when you're drawing parallels between the aforementioned actors and John Cusack, you know there's something amiss. I might give 'HTTT' another go somewhere down the line, but for now, it's a time capsule better left undiscovered.
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John Cusack stars in this time-travelling comedy feature. Adam (Cusack), Lou (Rob Corddry), Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) are four friends whose lives are going nowhere. When the men decide to take a holiday at a ski resort that they used to visit when they were younger, they find themselves transported back to 1986 by a magical time-bending Jacuzzi. Adam, Lou, Nick and Jacob are determined to take advantage of this incredible phenomenon and live the lives they've always wanted to live.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Hot Tub Time Machine follows a group of best friends who&39;ve become bored with their adult lives Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Nick&39;s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game -obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won&39;t leave his basement After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub the men wake up heads&39; pounding in the year 1986