MOVIE REVIEW: HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: STEVE PINK / SCREENPLAY: JOSH HEALD / STARRING: ROB CORDDRY, CRAIG ROBINSON, CLARK DUKE, ADAM SCOTT / RELEASE DATE: APRIL 10TH
There’ s no beating around the bush: this is one of the worst sequels ever made.
It’s almost as though Paramount and MGM farmed out the project to Syfy kings The Asylum to write and produce.
Everyone is back from the first film (sans John Cusack, unsurprisingly. The stories going around are he didn’t want to do the sequel because it was a bad script, or he simply wasn’t asked. Either way, we’d consider it a wise choice). Using their knowledge of the future, Lou (Corddry) has become a rock star with his group ‘Motley Lou’ and billionaire having invented his own version of Google, aptly named ‘Lougle’. Nick (Robinson) is now also a famous recording artist, having stolen popular songs from musicians in the future, while Jacob (Duke) is Lou’s butler and Adam Jr. (Scott) turns up as the illegitimate son of Cusack’s character from the first film.
However, when an unknown assailant kills Lou at one of his parties, the team takes to their trusty hot tub to travel through time in an attempt to find his murderer. They find themselves in 2025, and then spend more time travelling back and forth trying to fix the things they caused improving their lot in life
There are a few minor, funny moments and sight gags involving the aged time travelers in the future; it has lots of shameless, gutter humor involving testicles, and a homoerotic contest called Choosy Doozy. There’s some customary cameos popping up within the film, including a blink-and-you-miss him one involving Chevy Chase as the hot tub repairman.
Einstein would have a brain hemorrhage trying to figure out the illogical time travel paradoxes seen here, many that seemed to be borrowed from Back to the Future 2. Then again, any normal person could risk that problem too watching this dreck.
Expected Rating: 7 out of 10