Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hot Tub Time Machine

The following article was first posted on June 29, 2010. It is presented in its entirety.

Hot Tub Time Machine got off to a slow start and I was wondering when it would start to get funny, especially after one of the characters dug a set of keys for a BMW out of a dog's anus (that particular scene induced more gags than laughter in this viewer)...and then it got to the scene where Lou (Rob Corddry) pulled the catheter out of his penis and sprayed Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) with his urine and the laughs just kept getting bigger and bigger until they reached their climax (har har) when Lou wooed and bedded Adam's sister Kelly (Collette Wolfe), thus allowing her to conceive Jacob (Clark Duke) while maintaining a steady flow of running commentary with Adam and Nick just within earshot.

If you are offended by the sight of naked, shapely female breasts, the unapologetic use of marijuana, magic mushrooms and cocaine, and things like a man being forced to give another man oral sex at gunpoint, and a scene where a crazy nutter smears liquid hand soap on his face to make his buddy think that said buddy just "dropped a load" in his face while unconscious "because that's what friends do", do not see this film.

If you grew up in the 80's where all this stuff (especially the bit about the naked, shapely female breasts) was fair game (well, except for the bit about making your buddy think he "shot ropes" into your face in his sleep), you may like Hot Tub Time Machine. If you ever skied during the 80's, you'll wonder what the @#$% everyone was thinking back then when it came to ski fashion although some of you may also yearn for the return of those stretchy form fitting leggings that the girls used to wear on the slopes.

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