Directed by Steve Pink. Starring Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Craig Robertson, Clark Duke, Gillian Jacobs.

THE PLOT: After he is shot in the crotch, Lou (Corddry)’s friends jump into the hot tub time machine to go back to the past, and stop the shooting ever happening. Trouble is, the time machine is not predictable and the gang end up 10 years in the future and make friends with Adam’s son, Adam Jr (Scott). The gang must find the shooter and get back in time to save Lou’s life before they mess up the future too badly.

THE VERDICT: The first HOT TUB TIME MACHINE movie was unexpectedly fun, but since the sequel was not press screened in Ireland, it’s fair to say my hopes were lowered going in. There are times when the film works on it’s own level, and some of the ad-libbed lines are genuinely funny, but when added to seemingly endless dick and anti-gay jokes, the shine of HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 soon wears off.

The cast do fine with what they are given, and there are some genuine moments of connection between the characters, but this does not last, and its back to misogyny, testicle jokes and murderous cars faster than you can say ‘Great Scott!’.
There seems to be some audience fatigue at films filled with tasteless and low-brow jokes that rely on misogyny and anti-gay sentiments to get laughs, but this does not stop HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 from rolling out as many vulgar jokes as possible in the name of comedy, but these are jokes that truly do not land. The cast are better than this, and they seem to know it, although Corddry is high energy enough to power a small city.

In all, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 sets out to offend as many people as possible with its cheap, tacky and tasteless brand of humour. Few precious moments of genuine emotion or comedy are quickly overshadowed by seemingly endless dick jokes, misogyny and homophobic sentiment. A shame, the first film was a little gem, but this one would be better off erased from existence.


Review by Brogen Hayes

Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Review by Brogen Hayes
0.5cheap, tacky & tasteless
  • filmbuff2011

    2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine was a daft but mostly enjoyable time travel comedy about changing the past to improve the future, with a fun sense of retro shenanigans. It was a moderate hit in cinemas, but went on to become an even bigger hit on DVD. A sequel was duly commissioned, but you have to wonder why anyone bothered. Picking up where the first film left off, Lou (Rob Cordrry) has used his knowledge of the future to invent Lougle (LOL) and become a millionaire in the process. His dorky son Jacob (Clark Duke) works as his butler (sort of), while Nick (Craig Robinson) has become a notable singer. When Lou is shot by a mysterious assassin, Jacob and Nick drag him to the hot tub to go back in time and find out who shot Lou. They actually go forward in time by 10 years, where they find the future has changed but Lou is still alive. Could his killer be from the future like in The Terminator, as Nick suggests? All sorts of mayhem ensues… Where to start with this truly awful sequel… Let’s start with the absence of John Cusack. He recently claimed on Twitter that he wasn’t invited back for the sequel, so instead we have a replacement in the form of his character’s son, played by Adam Scott. It doesn’t work and Cusack’s presence is much missed. The result of this is that Corddry is pushed into the lead role and he’s not up to the challenge. He’s a funny supporting actor, but hasn’t got the presence to play a lead. Many of the original cast return, including Chevy Chase. But it all feels like a 5-year reunion party for director Steve Pink and his cast, who clearly had more fun making the film than the audience will watching it. Josh Heald’s script is hoary and lame, relying heavily on male genitalia jokes that would make even Kevin Smith blush. It’s torture to watch these likeable actors deliver one terrible line after another. The plot is so uninspiring too, lazily structured to the point where you stop caring altogether. There’s also no great running gag, like there was in the first film with Crispin Glover’s ever-endangered arm. The best that Heald could come up with is a self-running car that has feelings. Come on. Audiences are smarter than that. Shallow, dull, boring, unfunny and overlong even at 93 minutes, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a painful car crash that just keeps piling up. Avoid at all costs. *