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Corrdry, Robinson, and Duke in Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Review

MarkHicks MarkHicks Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is the culmination of every Back to the Future 2 joke anyone has ever made. If you like that and dick jokes, this is the movie for you.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is one of those movies where you actually have to see the first one to understand what is really happening.After the events of the first film Lou, Nick, and Jacob are millionaires and have nothing to do but throw parties and rehash ideas from their future. Lou,played by Rob Corddry, invents the internet and Google, now called Lougle.Nick, played by Craig Robinson, writes pop songs or at least the ones he can remember before the artist writes the songs themselves. Jacob, played by Clark Duke, is Lou’s butler and lives in his house.

The events of the film force them to jump back in the titular hot tub time machine and jump to the future. After a couple of brief appearances from Chevy Chase, reprising his role of the Hot Tub Repairman, the gang is off on an another adventure through time. The film does not feature the star of the first Hot Tub Time Machine John Cusack. As a way of replacing him, his son is introduced to the gang in the future and is played by Adam Scott. Gillian Jacobs plays his soon to be wife.

Scott and Jacobs in Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Scott and Jacobs in Hot Tub Time Machine 2

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is not a simple rehash of the first film, which is pretty refreshing. It does touch on some of the reoccurring jokes of the first film but that never feels like it wears its welcome. The time travel humor hits more than it misses. The problems really come in actually with the shooting of the film. There are some errors that are head scratching. Director Steve Pink does a decent job with the material but there are technical problems with the film.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a comedy sequel that isn’t completely terrible. That is a really big accomplishment in comedy films. The problem is that the film just doesn’t go far enough with its story. However this is not a franchise destroying sequel. There’s work left to do in the Hot Tub Time Machine.


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