Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Paramount Pictures, R)

hot tub_2_75Once again directed by Steve Pink, the time-traveling hot tub is back with a sequel, and it hit my demographic right on the head.

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Even though I fully understand why all the grumpy old people at the Hot Tub Time Machine 2 press screening were disappointed, I have to admit that I could not stop laughing. Is this the cleverest comedy ever made? Nope, but that does not mean it can’t crack you up! I don’t believe that anyone is shooting for an Oscar here, so complaints such as “stupid, unnecessary, forced humor” seem a little harsh. Once again directed by Steve Pink, the time-traveling hot tub is back with a sequel, and it hit my demographic right on the head.

Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, and Craig Robinson all return, their characters are living dream lives, having stolen and profited from other peoples’ inventions. John Cusack declined to contribute to the squad this time around, so his persona “got rich and disappeared.” On the other hand, Adam Scott joins the party and signs onto his über-annoying role without even reading the script (supposedly).

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 kicks off with a lame party of Lou (Corddry)’s, during which he gets shot right where it hurts him most. Naturally our gang reveals the “lost” time machine to travel back in time, and save Lou from his unknown killer. The following morning after yet another night of heavy drinking and drug use, they realize they have traveled to the future instead; it is 2025, which sadly looks exactly like 2015 (minus some visual effects-created technology) due to budget restrictions.

The movie is indeed full of inappropriate, over-the-top jokes with too many body fluids flying all over the place, and hardly a scene that doesn’t involve sex and/or drugs, but hey, what did you expect? It’s a movie about a magical Jacuzzi, for crying out loud! Some of the puns are legitimately entertaining, and the portrayal of future America is dangerously realistic. With reality television being literally deadly and drugs served in clubs instead of drinks, you may never know how close to that future we really are.

What blows my mind yet again, are the logistics behind the whole time traveling thing. Just like with Project Almanac, the timeline of events with all time-jumping back and forth gets so complicated and messy, I basically needed a whiteboard (but didn’t have one so just kinda decided to go with it). This line from the movie’s synopsis expresses my point exactly: “Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past—which is really the present.” …Yeah, what?

Anyway, the ending credits are definitely among my favorites—done similarly to 22 Jump Street where Tatum and Hill are placed into endless possibilities of police cases (or future movie plots)—here we witness numerous hot tub trips to various events in American history and some of them are pretty clever (where others a little more improper, of course). But overall what it comes down to is cheap jokes and lots of drug trips—if you’re up for it, think you can take it, and don’t have sky-high expectations, there are far worse ways to waste 93 minutes of your life. | Lea Vrábelová

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