CATEGORIES ReviewsLast summer, The Hangover took Hollywood by surprise when it went on to gross over $460million at cinemas worldwide. Despite an absence of major stars, audiences flocked to laugh at male stupidity. With Hot Tub Time Machine, can lightning strike twice?
Find out what we thought of the film after the jump... Hot Tub Time Machine (15)
Starring: John Cusack, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson
Director: Steve Pink
Running time: 99 minutes
Trailer: Watch it here
The plot: Last summer, The Hangover took Hollywood by surprise when it went on to gross over $460million at cinemas worldwide. Despite an absence of major stars, audiences flocked to laugh at male stupidity. With Hot Tub Time Machine, can lightning strike twice? In place of 30something guys on a Las Vegas stag night, we have a trio of 40-ish blokes revisiting the ski resort of their youthful hedonism, accompanied by a younger relative. Sadly, it's no longer as they remember it – until, that is, a boozy session in the hotel hot tub sends them all the way back to 1986. They get the chance to relive their youth minus the mistakes and humiliations, but if they change the course of history there could be a price to pay.
What's good about it? One of the joys of The Hangover was the way it was the lesser known cast members – notably Zach Galifianakis – who got the biggest chances to shine. Similarly, the biggest laughs are provided by Rob Corddry, as arrested-development screw-up Lou, and Craig Robinson (US version of The Office) as Nick, who is on a mission to dissuade his future wife from her infidelity. Humour is mostly pretty broad, including copious bodily fluids and male panic about same-sex intimacy, but it has the significant virtue of being funny. Anyone old enough to remember the 80s will discover extra reasons to enjoy.
What's not so good? Time-travel movies often feature nonsensical plots, but this one's a real head-hurter. They go back in time, and regain their youthful appearance in the eyes of everyone else, but not to each other? Huh? Except young Jacob (Clark Duke, from Sex Drive and Kick-Ass), who wasn't even born in 1986, just looks the same as he does in the present-day. Okaaay... John Cusack as Adam, the most sensible of the original buddy trio (and also uncle of Jacob), holds the centre adequately as a point of audience identification, but it's nothing new for the amiable star.
Verdict: It's not in the same league as The Hangover, but Hollywood has yet to exhaust the comedy potential of men behaving like doofuses.
Rating: 6 out of 10