Hot Tub Time Machine (1 star)

Hot Tub Time Machine

(15) 99 min

As with Snakes on a Plane, the best thing about this charmless movie is its title. Director Steve Pink did much to kickstart the cinema bout of 80s nostalgia when he wrote Grosse Point Blank, starring that consummate 80s icon John Cusack. Nonetheless, sometimes it’s better to leave the past alone.

The concept of the film is a mixture of Weird Science and Back to the Future, with four guys Adam (Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), Lou (Rob Corddry) and Jacob (Clark Duke) venturing to a ski chalet in a misguided attempt to help suicidal Lou overcome his latest bout of depression. They travel back in time to 1986 when a hot tub malfunctions.

Pink doesn’t care much for character development, which would just about be forgivable if he made a decent fist out of capturing and poking fun at 80s fashion, music and culture. Apart from the occasional one-liner, this is an opportunity missed as instead he delivers a puerile and derivative broken hearts storyline. Both Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover are wasted in glorified cameos.

General release from Fri 7 May.


Hot Tub Time Machine

  • 1 star
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 39min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steve Pink
  • Written by: Josh Heald, Sean Anders, John Morris
  • Cast: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase

Pink ('Grosse Point Blank') returns to Cusack and the 80s when a bunch of friends end up in 1986 after a hot tub malfunctions. With little character development and too many comedic opportunities missed, sometimes it's better to leave the past alone.

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