Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine: 3 middle-aged guys and a nephew go on a Ski Trip, and get transported back to the 1980s via a malfunctioning hot tub; partial hilarity ensues. It’s essentially a mish-mash of several tried and tested movies: American Pie, High Fidelity, Back to the Future, The Hangover, any ‘Buddy Comedy’ you can think of and the Butterfly Effect. Additionally, the characters are all pulled from the ‘Familiar and Safe’ cupboard; the cool / normal guy, Mr under the thumb, the wildcard and nerd loser. The strangest aspect was that it’s essentially a teen movie, but starring adults… weird to watch. There’s puke, piss, shit & many a gross-out but the ratio of hot tits to saggy men’s asses was disappointingly even (note to the director, this shouldn’t even be a ‘ratio’) HTTM is funny, and by no means a bad film, but it’s exactly what you expect a film called “Hot Tub Time Machine” to be and nothing more. Inevitably suffers from trying to be to broad and tick a huge bunch of ‘safe’ boxes, stick to the Hangover.

Score: 6/10

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6 comments
  1. Aiden R said:

    Strangely enough, I didn’t see this high, but I might as well have because I seem to have liked this one a whole lot more than everyone else. Something about Crispin glover at the beginning angrily chucking luggage off of their cart with one arm then asking for a tip had me howling. Actually thought it was the better than The Hangover, but I’m high as balls right now. I’m always high. ALWAYS.

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  2. Darren said:

    Haven’t seen this – I’ve shunted it over to “check out on DVD” because there’s just so damn much must-see stuff in the cinema of late.

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  3. yeah, one for dvd i reckon, looks good though.

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  4. I went to see HTTM because it was the only thing on in the cinema at 7pm…
    Was pleasantly surprised. It’s by no means a classic, but it’s entertaining all the same. Disturbing, but entertaining!
    You’ll be glad to know that Paragraph Reviews is now often a pre-cinema visit reference point for me – So handy to have concise reviews to go to :)

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    • Cheers Róisín, and thanks for choosing Paragraph Film Reviews! :-p

      Just don’t let anyone’s reviews sway your decision on a film one way or another.

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  5. mcarteratthemovies said:

    John Cusack was such a downer in this — just mopey and out of place and constipated looking throughout the whole film. I got the impression he was trying to get out of his comfort zone with a dumb budcom, then during filming he could barely contain his disgust. He should stick to what he’s good at: Being John Cusack.

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