Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Hot Tub Time Machine incorporates all of my favorite things.

I love me some time travel. I love me some John Cusack. I love me some Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke. And I definitely don't hate seeing Lizzy Caplan in anything. You may remember her from Mean Girls or Party Down, both of which I like a lot. She's one of my top celebrity crushes. But this is not about her. This is about the Hot Tub Time Machine.
The movie is so understated by the trailers. The trailers only show the funny one liners, but luckily not all of them. One of the best jokes was how Crispin Glover got his arm ripped off. Crispin Glover plays a one-armed, disgruntled bell-hop in 2010. In 1986 he is still a bell-hop, but with two arms, and a far happier person. (oops! spoiler alert! They go back in time.) Throughout the movie Rob Corddry becomes obsessed with his arm loss. He almost loses his arm a number of times, but never does (or does he?!?!?!?!) Another great running joke was "great white buffalo." The movie begins with the four main characters leading their shitty lives. Rob Cordrry drunkenly drives into his garage and almost kills himself because of the exhaust. Craig Robinson works at a dog store, which means he takes dogs on walks on treadmills and takes BMW keys out of dog's excrement. John Cusack returns to his home to find his girlfriend has moved out and his Clark Duke nephew playing second life in his basement, which people still do, apparently. (movies are real life.) Craig Robinson and John Cusack are called to the hospital where a not dead Rob Corddry tell them if he was going to kill himself on purpose he would be awesome at it. The three of them decide to rekindle their lost relationship and go to their old favorite ski slope from when they were young and everything was better, or so they thought. Enter: Hot Tub Time Machine. The four of them (spoiler alert) travel back to 1986 during winterfest '86, which just so happens to be the same weekend Clark Duke had been conceived. But he's never met his dad. Do you think we'll find out who his dad is? Let's do it together! Once they realize they've traveled back in time they discuss the butterfly effect, because this is LOST. Clark Duke sort of convince them they have to do everything exactly the same way as they did originally as to not destroy Japan. One of the first things that must happen is John Cusack getting stabbed in the eye with a fork. In 1986 he had broken up with his girlfriend, but now she breaks up with him, but still ends up stabbing him in the eye, providing the argument of fate that is inevitable when talking about time travel. The movie does two things with its plot; 1: It discusses the risks of time travel and how someone should deal with the past if they find themselves in it and 2: Proves that your life is always better than you think it is. In the beginning of the movie they all lead very boring, sad lives and talk about how great it was back when they were younger. But once they are younger they realize how bad their lives were back then too. They eventually meld together with a conversation between John Cusack and Lizzy Caplan. John Cusack tells a story of how he accidentally killed his dad by pizza. He tells her from then on he tried to "control the chaos" while Lizzy Caplan told him to "embrace the chaos." Time travel is always ruined by the idea of fate. In this movie John Cusack is stabbed in the original 1986 and the second 1986. Rob Corrdry was beat up in 1986 and on the trip back, but in the second 1986 he eventually retaliated, but not after being beat up three or four times. Enough with the nerd talk, Faraday! The best part of this movie was that no one asked "When are we?" Also, the homage to Sixteen Candles is hilarious/great.

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