When I first heard about Hot Tub Time Machine I thought it was a joke. Seriously, how could you not? Was I to seriously believe that a studio would make a movie with that ridiculous title? Who in their right mind would greenlight such a stupid-sounding film? Then I remembered Snakes on a Plane; so what if it was originally just a working title, it still came out, did it not? After these initial "logical" thoughts came through my my mind, I began to think about the possibilities. In the right hands this could be a beautiful, beautiful film. That's right, I said beautiful.
The trailers came out and I began to get a little excited as they looked utterly ridiculous. There are not many people who could get the likes of John Cusack and Craig Robinson together in the same film, not to mention Rob Corddry and Chevy Chase! Now, if that is not enough, do not forget Crispin Glover. I know I did a double take when I saw that he was in this.
The big question was whether or not this was going to have any sort of story. I went in expecting something along the lines of Snakes on a Plane while hoping for something more like The Hangover. I walked out more than satisfied to have found it was closer to The Hangover, if The Hangover had gotten together with Back to the Future with a little Wayne's World/Bill & Ted on the side. Seriously, the movie is not serious at all, yet still has a heart at its core and that is what elevates it beyond the goofy, stupid, raunchy comedy upon which it is built.
Hot Tub Time Machine focuses on a trio of old high school friends who have gone their separate ways as they have gotten older, with varying degrees of success. You have Adam (John Cusack) an insurance salesman whose girlfriend has moved out, left alone with his nephew who lives in the basement, Jacob (Clark Duke). Nick Webber (Craig Robinson) is a dog groomer convinced his wife is cheating on him. Finally there is Lou (Rob Corddry) who has not left his partying ways behind him, and it is his accident that kicks off this quartet's adventure.
Lou makes the mistake of revving his car in a closed garage during a rather active round of air drumming and becomes a victim of the carbon monoxide poisoning. This brings the friend back together, and believing their friend may be suicidal, they decide to take a weekend trip to a ski getaway they went to back in their heyday of the late 80's.