Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) - Unrated

Genre(s): Comedy / Fantasy
Fox || Unrated - 100 minutes - $29.98 || June 29, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-06-17


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Steve Pink
Writer(s): Josh Heald (story), Josh Heald and Sean Anders & John Morris (screenplay)
Cast: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase, Lizzy Caplan


Theatrical Release Date: March 26, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I remember hearing and seeing the multitude of previews for Hot Tub Time Machine back in machine being shown relentlessly on television during February and March and thought the film would be huge. Sadly though, the movie underperformed and was quickly taken out of theaters after only a few weeks. I must say though that the film has some absolutely hilarious moments that had me chuckling uncontrollably. Then again, the movie has some awful ten to fifteen minute segments that had me going ďhuh? Is this the same film I was just watching?Ē

Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) are going to the hospital to visit their friend Lou (Rob Corddry) who was involved in a minor accident at his house. The three used to be huge friends but now theyíve drifted apart and live pretty crummy lives. They decide to go to the cabin where they had a blast at roughly twenty-years-ago and bring along Jacob (Clark Duke), who is Adamís nephew. The group checks in with some jokes about Nick taking his wifeís last name and Jacob for being such a nerd. They get completely trashed and decide to step into the hot tub machine for a trip theyíll never forget.

The group wakes up in the past where Michael Jackson is still black and people are wearing leg warmers and using cassette players (whatever those are). They soon realize they time traveled back in time to the same place they were at years ago and find out that everything is going to happen he same way it was before or else the world might blow up. Jacob explains to the group that they need to not change anything or bad things could happen in the future and the gang goes along with it at first. Then after some fighting Adam realizes he could be with the girl of his dreams, Nick could be a giant recording artist, and Lou could beat up the guy that kicked his butt years ago. Can the gang figure out how to get home to their own time or will they be stuck in the 1980s forever?

I must say that this film surprised me. I found myself laughing hysterically through many of the scenes found within the movie, but then for some reason there were more times that I was wondering what the heck was going on. Granted, some of the confusion is due to the horrible audio track (described farther down below) but man some of the jokes are just awful. The one where Robinson looks at the screen and says the name of the movie I had seen before in the commercials and never thought it was funny, and here there wasnít any change. Then again though there is one scene involving a bet and a certain act that had me having to pause the movie since I was laughing uncontrollably from the scene. I understand that movies canít always be hilarious every minute but this one stumbles a bit more than it should compared to other comedies Iíve viewed in the past.

The movie flows fairly decently and the plot twists can be seen coming, which is kind of a shame. I had figured out just who Jacobís father was pretty quickly into the movie and also what the ending was going to be shortly after the betting sequence begun. I still managed to have some fun with the flick though as there are some great turns that the movie takes in order to keep peoples interests. The problem I have is that the movie has some issues with the jokes just not being entertaining at all. This is a freaking comedy! You just canít have so many non-jokes in a row or else audiences get bored quick. The movie starts out really slow and picks up about halfway into it, and after that, it really is a laugh riot.

This is a great comedy that while there are issues with the jokes still has some great scenes that should be viewed with some caution. For purposes of this review I watched the Unrated Version of the movie and have no knowledge of the difference between the Unrated/Rated cuts. Both are available for you to watch and the movie provides seamless transition between the two.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (12 minutes): Thereís an alternate opening that you can view and a few other deleted scenes that contain a few laughs. Iím not sure why they were cut from the movie as they were pretty entertaining and in sync with the movies laughter.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

There comes a time when grain and noise become a major issue for me. For this movie, it was about five minutes and it lasted pretty much the majority of the film. There were multiple scenes that had the screen looking like it was alive and going to rip apart my television screen, which as cool as that sounds, it really isnít cool. Colors on the other hand were decently done and didnít present much of a problem for me in terms of the transfer. I did notice that there were a few that were overblown throughout the movie (one minor white spot and blacks tended to take precedence) but I looked past them to give this one an average score. Fox can do better and it seems they only do better on their Blu-ray releases.

The audio has some major issues and they are problems that are presented the entire time the movie is playing. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is a huge letdown here and although Iím aware this is a purely dialogue-based flick the film just suffers from being way too low in terms of dialogue levels and surround sound usage. I only recall the surround sound speakers being used maybe two or three times at best, and even then, they didnít sound all that great. The dialogue itself is quiet for the most part and I had to continuously tweak the levels up and up, but eventually I did a decent balancing point about halfway through the film. This is a track that with a little better audio boosting and some better surround usage could be better, but alas, it isnít.



.::OVERALL::.

Hot Tub Time Machine is a hysterical movie with some moments that had me rolling on the floor laughing, and then some with crappy jokes that plagued the movie for minutes on end. The technical package I canít rate fully but the audio track is truly awful. Special feature wise, well, thereís nothing really here sides some deleted scenes. Iíd say this time machine is worth a rental for comedy fans and a purchase if youíve already seen the hot tub gang the first time around.