Four friends cause a time-traveling hot tub to malfunction and send
them to 1986, where they get to relive the best winter of their lives.
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Directed by Steve Pink
Written by Josh Heald, Sean Anders, John Morris
Starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson,
Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan, Lizzy Caplan,
Chevy Chase, Collette Wolfe
Hot Tub Time Machine is a wildly funny wave of mid-80's nostalgia with a talented cast of comedians led by 80's hero John Cusack. Despite being incredibly raunchy and soaked in crude humor, this film somehow comes out on top as a memorable cult comedy about the importance of friendship. What makes this film so funny is how it sends up 80's culture, particularly the music and Sebastian Stan's typical 80's douchebag with the appropriate name of Blaine.
John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke all have surprisingly good chemistry. Without them, this film would have been a disaster. The standout is Rob Corddry, who plays Lou, a character that Adam (Cusack) affectionately calls "The Patron Saint of the Totally F**ked." Lou is a walking erection with a serious attitude problem who steals the entire movie with his Motley Crue obsession and constant jabs at Jacob (Duke). I'm surprised Corddry didn't have a successful film career following this film, as he proved he had serious potential.
I think Hot Tub Time Machine is a hilarious parody of 80's teen culture, complete with MTV, Poison, Red Dawn, and Chevy Chase as the time travel guide. As well as being a great comedy, the film accomplishes drama at times. We see Adam realizing his life is meaningless, and Lou attempts suicide as a cry for help. I love movies that can incorporate multiple genres effectively and I never thought I'd say this, but Hot Tub Time Machine is one of them.