The Quick Fix: Sux Capacitor.
The Bottom Line: Making its 2010 predecessor seem Shakespearian by comparison, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (yes, I actually went and saw it) is a classic example of a sixty-second movie trailer containing every last ounce of humor the 93-minute movie would allow. Take a dry beach towel…now try and wring water out of said beach towel. Yup, that’s this flick. Admittedly, the semi-focused 80’s time trip of the original played right in to my cultural wheelhouse (Walkmans, acid wash jeans, wine coolers, Vuarnet’s, et al) and allowed me quite a few memorable laughs – it was a fun, if not classic, trip back in time. Ten minutes in to this flat and lifeless ‘crapsterpiece’ and it becomes immediately evident why John Cusack refused to make the return trip. Aside from a sparse smattering of chuckles and laughs, this is a lazily obnoxious, meanderingly disjointed, alcohol-fueled, bong water-logged mess. In the end it's as if a wild haired director looked at his wide eyed actors and simply said ‘Script? Where we’re going we don’t need – a script’. My only hope at this point is for a third film to be greenlit so they can travel back in time and undo the dull damage they created here with part two...
Starring: Craig Robinson, Steve Corddry, Clark Duke and Adam Scott
Directed by: Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine and About Last Night)
Rated: R (for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence)
Running time: 93 minutes
Story: When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past - which is really the present.Official site: www.hottubtimemachine2.com