Saturday, 25 August 2012

Hot Tub Time Machine

UK Release: 7th May 2010
Watched on Recorded TV: Saturday 25th August 2012
Rating: 15
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1hr 41mins
Tagline: Kick Some Past
IMDb Plot Synopsis: Three friends on losing streaks: Adam, whose girlfriend dumped him, Nick, with a dead-end job and a cheating wife, and Lou, a suicidal alcoholic. To help Lou recover from car-exhaust poisoning, Adam and Nick, with Adam's nephew Jacob, go to a winter resort that was their old party place. It's now a dump, but the lads rally for a night of drinking in the hot tub. Somehow, the hot tub takes them back to 1986, on a fateful night for each of them. Maybe if they do everything the same way they did that night, they'll get back to the future so Jacob can be born. There are serious temptations to do things differently. Will they make it back to their sorry lives? And what about Jacob?

My Review: They absolutely knew how ridiculous this film is when making it. Which makes it all the more fun. 
The beauty of this film is that it doesn’t take itself seriously so you can just go along for the crazy cheesy ride. I mean where do I start? A hot tub. That is a time machine. Boy, i’d love to have been in that meeting! The bright yellow light of the hot tub as it lights up and Nick looks into the camera. They just know. It’s postmodernism in it’s element really. 
And don’t get me started on how bonkers the 80’s is portrayed. I really doubt everyone went around in bright luminous colours wearing leg warmers and Walkman's. It plays up the cliches and to good effect as it powers the jokes home. 
Because this is essentially a comedy... with some ‘fun’ sci-fi thrown in. You’re not meant to take it seriously and if you go with it you can get past the cheesiness and have a laugh. 
I know I did!

Score: 7/10

1 comment:

  1. I went to see this in the cinema when it came out. I thought it was an average film. Gave me a few laughs but not something I'd pay for again.


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