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Hot Tub Time Machine: Movie Review

Rated: R
Directed by: Steve Pink
Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, Chevy Chase
Released by: MGM Studios

In Short: Raunchy jokes, silly situations and guys gone wild make “Hot Tub Time Machine” an adult comedy that is practically guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.

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Rude, Crude and Hilarious

Just the title of the new comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine” is genius. How can any adult (stress on the word “adult”), especially anyone who actually lived through the fashion train wreck that was the 1980s, resist checking it out?

The premise is simple. Three fortyish guys, whose lives have not gone so swimmingly, head back to the suite at the ski resort where they had the best times of their lives. Dragging along one of their slacker nephews, the guys end up together in the suite’s hot tub, drinking themselves into oblivion. Some way, somehow, by the time the morning dawns, they have been transported back to the winter of 1986.

Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry and John Cusack in Hot Tub Time Machine Chevy Chase in Hot Tub Time Machine

Leg warmers, neon ski suits and mullets galore quickly convince the guys that they have gone back in time, and as the raunchy, drug-addled, sex-filled comedy progresses, all three find that this particular weekend from their past was the key to their loser futures.

John Cusack leads the pack, and also produced the flick. He seems to be at his best when he’s the boss – think “Grosse Pointe Blank” and “High Fidelity” – and he is perfect here. Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, and Rob Corddry round out the foursome, and each have pricelessly funny moments of their own. Of course, it definitely helps to have lived through 1986 in order to get some of the jokes, but even twentysomethings will find plenty to laugh at as these guys bumble through their second chance at life.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” is a no-holds-barred, raunchy comedy that often shows men at their most crass (and stupid). But there’s a serious underbelly to all the often-hilarious fun, as the guys contemplate how youthful choices can alter the trajectory of life. Happily, by the time the credits roll (stick around for them, they are funny, too), our heroes have figured out how to make the most of the past and the present.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

(Updated 03/25/10 CT)

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