Thursday 13 May 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine
Starring: John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson
Director: Steve Pink
20th Century Fox

In Cinemas Now
Review by Charlotte Barnes

Hot Tub Time Machine follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives. Adam has been dumped by his girlfriend, Lou is a party guy who can’t find the party, Nick’s wife controls his every move and video game obsessed Jacob won’t leave his Uncle Adam’s basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a rundown ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads pounding, in the year 1986. This is their last chance to kick some arse in the past and change their futures! One will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo and one will make sure he still exists!

I have always had a love of 80’s films - anything from Ghostbusters to The Breakfast Club and I am a sucker for a good comedy Animal House and Superbad being amongst my favourites - so this film must be a winner right? Well it did make me laugh...

Let me set the record straight, I did not hate this movie. It surprised me how much I actually liked it. The script was quirky and funny and the John Cusak (Adam) and Rob Corddry (Lou) were very good. It just felt like it was trying too hard to be as funny as The Hangover as well as paying homage to Back to the Future. It was like all the ingredients were there for an excellent movie and somehow it just did not quite make it.

What was great about the film was the risqué writing, they weren’t afraid of their lead characters openly taking cocaine, saying "cunt" and having sex. It was very forthright something that had a very 80’s feel about it where they were openly offensive and just didn’t give a shit about the repercussions. The film wasn’t rude for the sake of it, it managed to walk that fine line between over the top and boring. The addition of Chevy Chase’s character was fantastic...because it was Chevy Chase, not because it added to the film. It would have been nice if they had given him a more dynamic role.

Jacob’s character played by Clark Duke, was clearly written for Michael Cera in mind, which was a shame because it automatically force Clark to play the awkward geek that is so stereotypical of a Michael Cera role. Having said that, Clark should have taken more ownership of his role and tailored it to suit his character. He is so wonderful when he play’s his Dale in the TV series Greek, why couldn’t he have brought more of that skill and instinct with him to this film? It is his character that just seems so flat in comparison to the other more experienced performers.

The Emotionally Fourteen Rating:
Some fisticuffs.
Sex/Nudity: Plenty.
Swearing: A surprising amount, but done with perfect comedy timing.
Summary: This is a fun movie, that I would recommend staying at home and watching. There were moments when it had me in stitches. 6/10

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