I stumbled across the first Hot Tub Time Machine in that it had a stupid title which stirred no interest in me but my girlfriend and I wanted to watch something. It was on and we sat down not really paying attention at first but rather quickly we saw it was flippin’ hilarious. Out of the blue we had a fantastic comedy shoved down our throats and it was a great ride from beginning to end. So how do you top that in the sequel? Turns out you don’t. You try really hard to recapture the magic but you end up falling a bit short of the goal.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is obviously the sequel to the surprise 2010 hit that I just spoke of. In it we have Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry reprise their roles from the original. Missing from that cast is John Cussack who apparently declined to be in this film. Replacing him in the role of his son is Adam Scott of Parks & Rec fame. The cast gels very well with some natural chemistry among them that helps sell the funnier moments of the film.
Now to envision this movie simply think of it as Back to the Future 2 mixed with The Hangover. Much like the classic Michael J. Fox vehicle this film involves heading to future to fix something that is terribly wrong. I can’t say what without spoiling the film but needless to say this isn’t where they wanted to be in the first place.
From there hijinks ensue as the characters discover their future fates and meet up with Adam Scott’s character as their guide through the not so distant future that has been shaped by their own actions. There are many funny moments in this scenario. There are also many moments that fall flat or are simply awkward and one scene that was just odd and a bit uncomfortable in how long it lasted.
My overall feelings on this movie are a tad mixed. I wouldn’t recommend rushing out to see it. Maybe a cheap matinee if you must however I think waiting for Netflix is a better idea. It will only be a laugh riot if you are a stoner. Otherwise you’ll get some good laughs in and walk away… whelmed.
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