“Hot Tub Time Machine”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Seriously, how can a movie called Hot Tub Time Machine not be good? From the first time I saw the trailer, to the very moment I was convinced it wasn’t a joke, I was completely hooked. And why wouldn’t I be? Any movie with John Cusack, the 80’s, and skiing, is a sure fire winner in my book. The fact that they managed to work in the “I want my two dollars” line, and an obscure Manimal reference, is just icing on the cake. I for one am so glad that movies like this can still get made. Original movies are so far and few between these days, with remakes and based on source material movies, that it’s nice that Hollywood still takes a chance every once in awhile. I think Hot Tub Time Machine has The Hangover to thank for its release, but whatever the reason I’m just glad that this movie got to see the light of day.

In Hot Tub Time Machine, four friends, who are disappointed with the way their lives have turned out, spend a weekend at their old high school ski trip stomping grounds, which much like their lives, is nowhere near as sweet as they remember it being. But, that all changes when a simple mishap with a hot tub, transports them back to 1986. This could be the ultimate mulligan, or the biggest slap in the face, as they have to relive the very events that change their lives in the first place. It’s a lot of fun, but if you’re looking for any logic in this movie you’ve completely missed the point. This isn’t one of those time travel movies that covers all their quantum bases. But, why would it? It’s called Hot Tub Time Machine! It’s not like it was written by Carl Sagan. If you don’t know who that is, maybe you should Lougle it. Look, it’s about a hot tub that travels in time. Just enjoy it for what it is. The one thing I wasn’t expecting at all from this movie was it’s sincere moments; and there were a few, which was a nice surprise. It also manages to raise the age old question, how many ways could a man loose his arm? It might not happen the way you think, but the waiting is the hardest part. Overall, Hot Tub Time Machine is just a fun ride that doesn’t ever try to be something it’s not. Having grownup with a health diet of 80’s films doesn’t hurt either.

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