Hottub Time Machine

Hottub Time Machine

What he said:


Raunchy comedies tend to follow a similar formula. There is usually some really big laughs, but they come in between some awkward, unfunny moments where you spend several minutes in silence. Throw in a few topless scenes and you have yourself a standard formula for an R-rated comedy. There is definitely some really funny stuff in here, but sometimes the movie was just trying a little too hard. Rob Coddry (Lou) was a reflection of the entire movie. I'm either cracking up at him or annoyed with how hard he's trying to make me laugh (which usually doesn't go well).

I also got the vibe this movie was trying to be The Hangover. Instead it just comes off as it's less funny/creative sibling.

Rating: Thumbs half up.

This movie review was completed on July 8, 2010.

What she said:


"Hot Tub Time Machine" was just ok. In all honestly, I don't think it lived up to my expectations, considering the cast and the premise. I mean, a hot tub time machine could have been way, way funnier. I think the filmmakers saw "The Hangover," thought they could do their own raunchy comedy, and then ran with it way too far. They forgot that "The Hangover" is genuinely hilarious, that it has an overarching storyline, and that the characters have a degree of true depth.

"Hot Tub Time Machine" is missing that. Even the suicidal character lacks depth and is borderline annoying. While some of the jokes hit the mark, others are just not funny. And I wondered if the filmmakers were even alive during the 1980s because they missed some of the good stuff about that decade. They pretty much just stereotyped the '80s as a time when people dressed bad, had frizzy hair, and did lots and lots of cocaine. I thought that was a little shortsighted.

Certain things about this movie are just plain awkward, and I hate to say it, but this is a film best viewed alone. It's so overwhelming raunchy that I couldn't even imagine watching it with most of my friends. There was a certain amount of nostalgia for days gone by, not just for the true '80s, but also for 2009, when "The Hangover" did raunchy comedy so much better.

Diagnosis: Thumbs around halfway, but starting to move down.