Movie Review: ‘HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2’ – A Major Time Lapse In-between Laughs


Cole Clay // Film Critic

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 | 93 min | Rated R
Director: Steve Pink
Cast: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Adam Scott

Why was this film made? The first HOT TUB TIME MACHINE was a modest success with some charismatic stars such as Rob Corddry, John Cusack, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson being men (or how they think men should act when they get together for a time-hopping escapade). It’s already a ridiculous ploy.

With HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 the gang is back, minus John Cusack (HIGH FIDELITY), and add a winsome Adam Scott (PARKS AND RECREATION) for more of the same adventures. This time, they should have been made for TV, but this appalling material would never make it even on Comedy Central late night. It ranges from televised sodomy to shotgun blasts to the groin; however, Jason Jones (THE DAILY SHOW) and Kumail Nanjiani (SILICON VALLEY) show up for rather funny supporting roles and that’s got to count for something.

Really what were you expecting from a film called HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2?

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 opens tonight.

About author

Preston Barta

Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.