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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

February 26, 2015

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (**) R

It goes without saying that since I was not a tremendous fan of the 2010 film Hot Tub Time Machine I was not exactly thrilled with the prospect of a second trip to the tub. Yet, in spite of the law of diminishing quality that plagues most sequels, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 isn’t, for my money at least, the lesser of the two films. Compared on a film to film basis, I would say that I laughed roughly the same amount during the unspooling of both tubs—about 6-8 instances, give or take. Hot Tub 2 still has the same Hangover-lite feel that permeated the first affair but still manages to raise a few genuine chuckles, mostly relegated to the opening and closing sequences. This I suppose is a triumph on some small level so if you thought the first Hot Tub was a certified comedy classic this is definitely your cup of tea. 

John Cusack, star of the first Hot Tub, opted out of this go round, although if I were him I would have opted out of the first one as well which makes his decision to sit this one out all the more bizarre.

The cast of Hot Tub...2

Instead we have Adam Scott filling Cusack’s shoes as his son whom is introduced to the rest of the film’s characters in the future. You see, Lou (Rob Corddry), his son, Jacob (Clark Duke) and their pal, Nick (Craig Robinson) are forced to make another dip into the tub in order to avert Lou’s murder when someone from the future travels back in time to rub out Lou. Got that? Anyway, the trio are forced to do some detective work and find out who the culprit may be but not before the threesome take time out to bask in such futuristic activities as a reality show where literally anything goes. As I said most of the genuine laughs can be found in the beginning and end of the film so the mid section sags in comparison with tired jokes galore.

The main problem that I suspect fans of the first film may have with this second trip to the Hot Tub Time Machine is that the novelty of 80s nostalgia that permeated the first film is no more. I’m sure that was part of the reason for the success of the first film and now that the filmmakers have opted to go in another direction, literally, I’m afraid the audience might not be so eager to go with them. As for me, it’s just another mediocre comedy that I’d rather not see again anytime soon.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is playing all around this area. Still Alice opens Friday in the area.

Questions or comments? Write Adam at filmfan1970@hotmail.com.

 

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