Hot Tub Time Machine – ** Directed by Steve Pink
Starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke
Release date: March 26, 2010
What a luxury it must be to go back in time and alter your entire future. You will especially be prompted to do so if in the present day you are condemned to a life that either has your wife bailing on you, suicide plaguing your every waking hours, or pulling excrement out of a dog’s behind. Yeah, one can easily be negatively affected, haunted, and scarred by these particular instances. As matter of fact, anything that can slightly act as an anecdote against such impervious circumstances should be valued immediately by the victims. That anecdote happens to be a hot tub which acts out of character by morphing into a time machine. Once the film, not surprisingly titled Hot Tub Time Machine, makes it all too clear, in a paint-by-numbers way, who these individuals are (played by John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson) that are primarily subjected to the ghastly implications of their reality, it is hard for us to emphasize the slightest sense of sympathy because they are all rotten to the core with an obscene sense of reconciliation and individualism.
Directed by Steve Pink, who’s other outlandish comedy, Accepted, involved a creation of a collegiate university, the film has a tinge of romanticism to it, manly romanticism, and even a vision that can produce a narrative that is cautionary and sad: Themes that employ the sense of loss, a time, and place when man was happy only to return there years later to find it destroyed. Even though these possible themes are expunged from the film within the first fifteen minutes, there is still an inkling of what these themes could have produced if director Pink deflected the over-use of primitive humor for cheap laughs. Homage to the 80s is much welcomed and some members from the audience will have a blast from the past, with jokes that are witty and relevant to that particular era.
NOTE: For structural reasons and to ensure that this list is super-duper pretty at all times, we’ll be posting this same intro for all sections of The Decade List. If you’ve already read all of this, you can just head down to the continuation of our list!
Let’s just get it out of the way right off the ol’ bat: yes, we know it’s been a few months since we left the decade. Most folks undertook this heavy task pre-2010, but we decided that it would be a little bit better to let the new year settle in a bit before hitting you with something of this magnitude.
So here we are, geeks: we’ve officially arrived in FUTURE *cue retro ’50s sci-fi music* and still we have no freakin’ flying cars yet. What’s the deal with that? While it is pretty exciting to be inside of the year 2010 — a year that always seemed unreachable to us mere mortals — we are also exiting another entire decade that leaves us staring at one majorly epic task. That task? To search, dig, locate, retrieve, organize, polish, and present the very best films of the past ten years!
We must once again declare that this list is also simply opinion. You are are without doubt going to find movies here that you hate and do not think deserve to be included. You will surely think of movies that you think should not only be on here, but that should be at the very top of the list. There will even be some that I have not seen and thus, can not add. Even at this very moment, I sit, worrying and wondering if I’ve forgotten any that I would include; that’s just the way things fly when compiling something this massive.
With all of that said, we invite you in to relax and check out Chapter III our list, The Decade List: The 59 Best Films of the Past Ten Years!
For the unaware, there is indeed a new movie on the way called Hot Tub Time Machine, and it looks hilarious. The movie is basically a cross between Old School, Ski School, and Back to the Future. It follows a group of four friends who drink themselves silly and somehow wake up in the year 1986. I guess Dave Attell was right when he called drinking until you black out “time travel.”
The movie stars Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Rob Corddry, and the perfect and required ’80s throwback casting of none other than John Cusack! Also appearing in the movie is Lizzy Caplan and a couple other potentially amusing ’80s throwback castings in Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase.
A regular family-friendly version of the trailer was released a while back, but we all know that the most fun comes from the Red Band trailers. Instead of choosing, you can click over to the other side now and watch both trailers. If you’re at work, go green; if you’re home alone, definitely go red.