Many of the beloved comedies of the 80s starred John Cusack. He has arguably more memorable scenes from that decade than any other actor. John Cusack and the 80s just go together. So it is a real treat to be able to see him once again on his home turf surrounded by all the gimmicks of that hyper colored era. He basks in it. And there are also more than a few winks to his early career, the most notably being Sixteen Candles where, this time, he gets to be the leading man.
The other additions to his crew of misbehaving time traveling scene stealers are Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke. Corddry and Robinson are both hilarious. Duke gets in a few great one-liners, but he is relegated to the one character trying the hardest to get back to the present. Crispin Glover also takes his career full circle playing a bellhop in the present and in the past much reminiscent of his Back to the Future role.
Finally, I give this film a lot of credit for its setup. The whole reason behind why the four friends head off to Kodiak Lodge in the first place is as believable as it is convenient.
Hot Tub Time Machine is a really funny movie that explores what happens when the characters need to repeat the faults of their pasts in order to get back to the present even if they don't really want to.
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