500 Word Review: Hot Tub Time Machine


This article is the first in what I hope to make into an ongoing series.  In the past, I have enjoyed offering uneducated criticisms on films, games, book and other media.  Unfortunately, I am not very good at writing, time management or concentrating.  With this in mind, I have created a scheme that should allow me to write reviews without over-extending myself.  This scheme is the 500 word (or less) review.  The concept is fairly self explanatory.  I review the title in 500 words or less...  Additionally, these reviews will be based on what I have watched most recently rather than their actual release dates.


Hot Tub Time Machine

500 Word Review


I vaguely recall Hot Tub Time Machine getting a lot of positive commentary in the past.  I don’t know if that’s true or not but I pray that it isn’t.  First, I would like to say that I like comedies.  In fact, I love comedies.  Moreover, I especially enjoy mindless comedies.  These are the sorts of movies that allow you to shut off your brain and laugh at fart jokes and people acting stupid.  Hot Tub Time Machine struck me as that sort of comedy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very funny at all.  In fact, I found it somewhat depressing.  On one hand, the movie features that stylings of John Cusack.  Normally, I kind of like John Cusack’s constant depressing moans in a film.  In a small way, it is comforting to know that some things never change.  Objects will always be pulled to earth at a rate of 9.8m/s2 and John Cusack will always play a character moaning about the mistakes he has made.  On the other hand, the movie also features the sort of gags that you might expect from a movie featuring a former Saturday Night Live actor.  These include falling down, screaming absolute nonsense and projectile vomit.  Sadly, the movie attempts to blend these two, basically incompatible, forms of comedy together into some sort of deranged humorous Frankenstein’s monster.  The net result is definitely deranged but only humorous in the way that three-legged dogs are humorous (hint: they aren’t).  I can truthfully say that I only laughed a handful of times during the entire film.  I laughed the few times that Chevy Chase was on the screen.  This was mostly because it was Chevy Chase and his very presence is almost always garaunteed to make me laugh.  Beyond that, there were only two moments of laughter for me.  Both times happened when Craig Robinson broke the fourth wall and directly addresses the stupidity of the concepts involved in the movie.  All in all, I would suggest that you only watch this movie in times of severe desperation.  

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