Rating: 8.5/10 (Ridiculously Funny and Stupid)
This movie sounds exactly like what it's title suggests. It's about 4 friends who take a trip to Kodiak Valley to hang out and what happens from there. This plot is so ridiculous you can't even think about who cooked it up. But why does it get a 8.5? Find out in my review
Story: HTTM is about Adam Yates (John Cusack), Nick Webber-Agnew (Craig Robinson) and Lou Dorchen (Rob Corddry) and Adam's shut-in 20-year-old nephew Jacob (Clark Duke). They take a trip to a ski resort at Kodiak Valley, where the three older guys had some good times in the past. During a night of heavy drinking in the hotel room's hot tub, they spill the contents of a drink called Chernobly on the console. They wake up the next day and find out everything is not as it seems and they realize they have traveled back to 1986. What happens next and how these 4 bozos get back to the present day without changing the past too much forms the rest of this hilarious comedy.
Peformances: John Cusack actually makes you laugh and steers away from his common good guy role and delivers a subdued and sincere performance. The way he delivers certain dialogues in such a simple way is good. Craig Robinson is very good as Nick, the man who thinks his wife is cheating on him. Watch out for the scene when he calls his wife towards the end of the movie. It is absolutely hilarious. This movie belongs to the one and only Rob Corddry. This man's comic timing and ability to play the same douche-bag in every movie is so impressive to watch. He is an absolute laugh riot in this film and the scenes featuring him will make you laugh the hardest and he was also given the funniest lines to say. His thread with the one arm man in this film is the funniest part of this movie. Clark Duke as the timid Jacob is ok as the role is way too whiny of a character. The rest of the cast is adequate.
Technicalities: Music by Christophe Beck is fine. Cinematography by Jack N. Green is decent. Dialogues are hilarious and very well written. Direction is ok, screenplay is entertaining, and the editing is crisp as the film clocks in at 99 minutes. Production Values by John Cusack, Grace Loh, John Morris, and Matt Moore are good for a comedy film like this.
Analysis: When the movie starts, a small incident happens which leads you to think it could be a serious comedy. But as soon as the guys to Kodiak Valley, this film is fun from that point. As I stated in my review for Sausage Party, no one gives a damn about the plot of a comedy film and you only care about how much it makes you laugh which will make you remember if it's good or bad. This film is no different.
Hot Tub Time Machine has the most ridiculous plot you could ever think of but I laughed so much during this movie and found it to be so entertaining, I watch it every time it comes on tv and recommend it to the other people. The screenplay is extremely entertaining and the dialogues are extremely funny. This movie won't make you laugh every second but you;ll definitely enjoy for the most part. All the scenes with Rob Corddry are an absolute laugh riot and this film runs on his performance.
Forget about logic and forget about your problems and laugh way.Watch this one, cause I highly doubt you'll ever see a plot more ridiculous than this one ever again. For Rob Corddry's excellent performance and the entertainment factor throughout, I'm giving this ridiculously stupid and hilarious movie an 8.5/10.