ANCHORAGE, Alaska—This week Marcus reviews "Hot Tub Time Machine," starring John Cusack. Marcus says the R-rated comedy spoofs hot tubs, time machine movies, and the '80s.
"Something weird is going on."
April Fools' Day joke would be to talk about what a morally uplifting and wholesome family film "Hot Tub Time Machine" is. But, fearing many would miss the April Fools' part, and since the best April Fools' Day jokes pulled off successfully are generally followed with a good deal of anger from the jokees directed toward the joker, plans have been changed. It's business as usual.
John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry play friends who, back in the day, were big deals, but today they're all losers. They decide to break away from their pathetic lives and take a road trip to a ski resort where they have partied before. It's kind of a crude version of "Wild Hogs."
"It must be some kind of hot tub time machine."
Actually a hot tub toilet machine, that takes the boys back to the '80s.
I'm not saying there's foul language, but if the script had been done with actual 1980's typewriters, the F key would have been worn down to nothing.
Every hot tub time machine needs a technician, so they got Chevy Chase to play that guy, which is sort of ironic because he's stuck in the '70s.
I kept waiting for him to slip and fall into the tub -- he didn't. I'm surprised because that actually would have worked.
Don't misunderstand; this film has many funny parts, the ones that stick to the wall on which all of this film's garbage is thrown against. It reminds me of the expression -- in the middle of all this horse manure, there has to be a pony somewhere. This movie ain't no pony. All the '80s gags are thrown out at once.
The Fab Four relive events while at the lodge including drinking binges, fights, and hanky-panky. The situations end the same way, but different routes are taken to get there. Cusack dumped his girlfriend the first time but here, the shoe is on the other foot. Same result though.
Funny, parts yes. But looking at it overall: Don't bring the kids, a first date, your minister, but especially your mother. I went home and took a shower. And I will never again so much as stick my big toe in a hot tub.