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
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
"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
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.