It’s not like we have been begging for a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine, but now five years later we’ve got one. And quite frankly it wasn’t exactly worth the wait. In fact Hot Tub Time Machine 2 fails miserably because, putting it simply enough, it’s just not funny. Not even close. And with the loss of the main reason for seeing the first one, its star John Cusack (who just shows up here in a couple of photographs), we are left with one of the most annoying quartets of actors to hit the screen in a long time. This is not to say that Craig Robinson or new cast addition Adam Scott aren’t terrifically talented and wonderful comedians on their own. Sadly they just can’t overcome material where nearly every joke revolves around the groin. Oy. Does this thing just wear you out.
The plot, such as it is, revolves around Rob Corddry’s obnoxious rock star/tech giant character who so manages to offend everyone that someone actually shoots his man parts off. His songwriting partner Robinson, and dopey son Clark Duke, quickly rush him into the hot tub time machine to take him back to the past in order to save him. Instead they end up ten years into the future in 2025, a time that doesn’t look particularly different than 2015, which is probably because producers could save on the budget for elaborate set pieces that a real time travel movie would need. At any rate, the top-rated TV show ten years from now is a dopey game called Choosy Doozey, hosted by Christian Slater. Need we say more? The plot gets more convoluted from there but every minute we have to spend with Corddry’s insufferable character is when I wish I could find my own time machine to take me back a few days before actually having to sit through this movie.
Steve Pink directed with a script by Josh Heald. Producer is Andrew Panay and Executive Producers were Matt Moore, Ben Ormand and Corddry. Better luck next time, but maybe it is time to dump the Hot Tub concept, guys.
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