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Friday, March 26, 2010

Hollywood Product: Hot Tub Time Machine

click to enlarge IN HOT WATER: Nick (Craig Robinson, left), Jacob (Clark Duke), Lou (Rob Corddry), and Adam (John Cusack)
  • IN HOT WATER: Nick (Craig Robinson, left), Jacob (Clark Duke), Lou (Rob Corddry), and Adam (John Cusack)

GENRE: Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

THIE PITCH: Three estranged friends, Adam, Lou and Nick, (John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson) try to reconnect through a booze- and energy-drink-fueled hot tub rave. They cause a rupture in the space/time continuum, and the three, along with Adam’s nephew Jacob (Clark Duke), get sent back to 1986. Think Back to the Future meets A Christmas Carol on cocaine.

MONEY SHOTS: A shitcanned Lou, aka the Violator, air jams Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home” as it plays on the radio in his car. His moves include some dashboard piano playing and tossing an air drumstick and catching it. The group arrives at the once grand Silver Peak Lodge, which is now filled with hobo look-alikes and feral cats. The deck doors in their room blow open in a blaze of light to reveal a hot bubbling tub where hours before sat a rusty hole with a dead fox in it. A vertigo-inducing hot tub party montage. The three friends confront their teenage selves and hairstyles together in front of the bathroom mirror. Adam takes a fork to the eyebrow in a bloody break-up scene. The list could go on … the movie is essentially a series of money shots.

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