Hot Tub Time Machine 2

I know, I can't believe we made it either.
Verdict: 
2/10 - Humour which misses the mark and an overworked storyline make this more not than hot.
Release Date: 
Sunday, October 4, 2015
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Want to see what happens when the Hot Tub Time Machine gang go into the future? Look no further.

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When a movie begins with one of the characters asking if his nipples need to be rouged, you kind of know what you're in for.

Enter Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the sequel to the 2010 comedy.

Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke are all back for the time-travelling caper, although original star John Cusack bowed out from the sequel.

Is this a blessing or a curse? Well it depends which way you look at it, but suffice to say it's doubtful that he will be crying himself to sleep about the decision.

The film kicks off with a quick look at what's become of our favourite time-bending trio, who have basically all made money by pretending they invented things.

So musician Nick (Robinson) rips of tracks he knows are going to be big, such as Lisa Loeb's Stay (I Missed You), while Lou (Corddry) has a tech company called Lougle (that he invented before Google had even been thought up) and Clark is his dad Lou's butler. Naturally.

All goes well until Lou is shot between the legs at a lavish party he's thrown while dressed like a cross between Adam Ant and David Bowie in the Ziggy Stardust era.

What're the guys to do? Leap into the tub so they can go back and stop the shooting of course.

Only it doesn't quite work. Instead the group head into the future, where dogs zip around on hover boards and cars drive themselves.

Because that's not the kind of future we've ever seen before.

Here they meet Adam Jr. (Adam Scott), a fussy but well meaning guy who is tasked with helping them figure out just who shot Lou.

All this makes it sound like Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has a fathomable storyline, but don't be so sure.

Instead what we have is a general nod towards the science of the film's time travelling not making any sense - the men travel to the future to stop something in the past.

If you're confused don't worry, you don't really need to understand to know this film lacks on many fronts.

Corddry gives leading man status a valiant attempt, but the shouting, gurning and grabbing of crotch isn't enough to hold viewers' attention.

And then there are the jokes; by jokes we mean the repeated use of swear words and references to male genitalia which pass for humour.

Want more? Fear not, there's a healthy dose of sex gags, rape jokes and gay panic thrown in too. Oh and a prolonged drug scene.

The nerd song and closing credits did give us a bit of a giggle, but all in all this is a sequel which offers little more than a healthy dose of irritation.

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