Hot Tub Time Machine 2 – Review

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Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase
Written by: Josh Heald
Directed by: Steve Pink
Metacritic Score: 29
IMDB Score: 5.1

Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence

In what is a clear example that it literally doesn’t take anything but a black number in the profit margin, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 comes into our lives…because. It’s strange: what made the first movie somewhat funny and enjoyable was the 80’s nostalgic rewind aspect and just how excessively stupid it was. And, honestly, it was an okay comedy at best.

What does the sequel have? Three out of the four members of the cast are back replacing John Cusack with Adam Scott, the movie is now set in the future and…well, that’s kind of it. Is that enough to make this sequel good?

Lou (Corddry), Nick (Robinson) and Jacob (Duke) use the time machine to return to the past to save Lou from being fatally wounded by shooting. What accidentally happens is that they are thrust into the future, meeting Adam Jr. (Scott) along the way. They decide they have to find a way to fix their problem in the future in order to save Lou in the past.

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Much like Horrible Bosses 2, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a failure of a cash grab that tries to trot out the same jokes for a second time, only it doesn’t end up nearly as funny as the first. And with the first being merely watchable, you can only imagine how low Hot Tub Time Machine goes.

The bad parts of the first movie that brought it down are doubled down with even worse effect, making the movie much more obnoxious, especially Rob Corddry whose performance as the completely toxic Lou goes from comic sense of irony and comeuppance to just an overly caricatured character of self-indulgence. It’s really his character that drives this movie from being “meh” to “when is this going to end?”.

The other main players, Robinson and Duke, replay pretty much the same types of jokes from the first one with less of what made them funny. If you haven’t guessed by now, this will more or less be the overall theme of this review.

The only plus that is visible is the addition of Adam Scott over John Cusack. But, Cusack figuratively sleeps through the first movie, so it’s not that big of a plus. Still, Scott is at least likable even though his character isn’t exactly bright, deep or funny in that matter. He’s a standard patsy and plays it pretty well.

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And honestly, that’s the only real plus that’s in this movie. The movie pretty much takes the same jokes: drug related humor, drunken humor, guy-on-guy unwanted sex humor; and re-spins it into the lesser copy of the last movie. 

What’s hard to comprehend as to why they went to the future in this film. What could really advance the previous film that was about going to these characters past that going to the future was going to make better? Why would these jokes be funnier or as funny as the last movie in the future?

The first film’s tinge of nostalgia is what gave the movie is sort of character, especially with Cusack deciding to do a movie that pretty much aped the movies he did when he was younger. The second film really doesn’t have anything to show but the same jokes with a new science fiction like veneer.

The movie also does nothing new or anything different with its set formula. Well, except if you could more gratuitous violence and female nudity, then it’s technically “new”.

Should you really expect this movie to change its formula? No, not really. But you should expect it to make you laugh, which the film doesn’t even do that. Not even once.

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And that, honestly, is all that can be said about Hot Tub Time Machine 2. It’s a film that tried to retread its same plot line and same jokes but forgot what actually made the film tolerable. There really isn’t more to go into without going into the fact that this is an obvious cash grab that actually failed to do even that.

Even if you are a big fan of the first movie, steer clear of the sequel.

0/5 – A disastrous waste of a movie. Not funny, even compared to its predecessor.

The Wiz Says #27

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