Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase, Collette Wolfe
Directed By: Steve Pink
Written By: Josh Heald
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
When I first saw the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2, I honestly thought, ‘oh dear lord that looks dumb, and where the hell is John Cusack?” Most certainly a red flag, right?
Now that I have seen the film – an experience akin to having 93 minutes of my life forcibly pulled through my rectum – the reason for Mr. Cusack’s absence seems pretty clear. He must have read the script! Well, at least the treatment anyway. Heck, who am I kidding – this horrible film was conceived on a napkin during an all-night bender with Rob Corddry, and the rest of the production team. Resulting in a movie loaded with an embarrassing mishmash of juvenile recycled 80’s jokes about nerds and genitalia.
Note to Steve Pink: You’re supposed to build on the strengths of the first film. Not piss all over them! It’s not like you don’t know what you’re doing. You wrote Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity for crying out loud!
The first Hot Tub delivered fun 80’s nostalgia, and made a half decent effort to tell a story about three friends dealing with middle-aged life. This sequel is having none of that, and just mindlessly throws gag after gag at the audience hoping something will stick. While also trying to deliver a woefully confused subplot about Lou’s (Rob Corddry) self-destructive nature. Showing the target audience crazy half-naked drunk uncle Lou, getting wasted with hot women, while telling us to *cough* drink responsibly kids *cough* – wink! Smiley emoticon!
If you enjoyed the first Hot Tub Time Machine movie, I very much doubt you’ll enjoy the sequel – at least not as much. Just imagine the loudest most obnoxious moments with Rob Corddry’s character Lou, stretched over 93 minutes. This movie is rated R for its drug and alcohol content, and some brief moments of sex and nudity.
The visual effects are a step up from the first movie, but this film will be just as effective at home with a HD rental on a TV, laptop, tablet or phone.
Rob Corddry’s character, Lou. He was my least favorite from the first film, and his brand of over the top vile ugliness just gets worse in the sequel. Loud, rude, obstinate, childish, stupid, and very unlikable.