|Hot Tub Time Machine Review
||[Feb. 24th, 2010|10:35 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
I dragged muffyjo out to redeem a free pass to see Hot Tub Time Machine, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231587/, and it made us both laugh and laugh and laugh.
But, before you get your hopes up, it is also a dick and shit movie with a fair number of homophobic slurs (but also a kind of random cameo of a healthy homosexual relationship) and bad sex. It's just that it was still fuckin' funny despite all that, and surprisingly layered. Lots of those high-embarrassment moments, but so well-played that I was laughing instead of cringing.
The plot? Three friends and a nephew have a good time in a hot tub and go back in time to 1986, to the weekend when their lives all changed, or maybe kinda petered out, for the worse. That's pretty much it. But OH, the homagerie! The 1980s! The hair! The clothes! The music! OY!
I saw specific shout-outs to Sixteen Candles, Better Off Dead, Back to the Future (of course), Kid 'n Play, Caddyshack, and every 1980s ski movie ever made. Plus, with both John Cusack and Chevy Chase in the movie, that there was just a massive shout-out to a whole pile of classic 80s flicks.
At one point, one of the guys yells out "code eleven" for a medical emergency. Dunno what that references. Anyone?
Anyway, if you're too young to remember the 80s, you may not enjoy it as much as we did. But if you experienced that era, it shines.