Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine

2010; 99 minutes
MPAA Rating : R (for Nudity, Alcohol, Drugs, Cussing, Violence, Sex, you name it)
Genre : Comedy (Low-brow)
Theater Release Date : 03/26/10
DVD Release Date : 06/29/10
Overall Rating : 6*/10
. Three middle-aged friends (plus the nephew of one) return to a Colorado resort where they (except the nephew) spent a wild weekend way back in 1986. The hot tub is on the fritz in a most unique way - it transports the foursome back to that weekend. Riotous antics ensue, with each of the trio getting a chance to change the course of their lives, even if it jeopardizes the nephew's existence. The hell with the Prime Directive! . What's To Like... It's got time-travel. It's got T&A (for both the guys and the girls). It's got John Cusack and a very old-looking Chevy Chase. The "what if" scenarios are kewl. Stylistically, it's Dumb & Dumber merged with Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The ending is great, and has a couple neat twists. . OTOH, it has way, way, way too much cussing. And a bit too much up-chucking. The first 20 minutes or so - until they actually go back in time - is boring. This ain't a film for the kiddies. ."One little change has a ripple effect and it effects everything else. Like a butterfly floats its wings and Tokyo explodes or there's a tsunami, in like, you know, somewhere..." This is strictly for when you're in the mood for low-brow laughs. Since I'm a chrono-hopper, I probably enjoyed it a bit more than I should have. Liz thought it was just plain dumb. . The plusses outweigh the minuses by a bit. We watched this Friday night, after my brain had quit thinking, so it was a good choice. On a Saturday night, I'd probably rate it one less star. 6 Stars.

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