Nudity and comedy have long made a good couple. Growing up in the 1980s, funny movies were often the best place to see titties outside of adult flicks. Think “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Porky’s”, “Revenge of the Nerds”… So it kinda makes perfect sense for this here throwback to laughs & boobies films to actually involve the protagonists traveling back in time to the 1980s. In a hot tub. Yeah, makes perfect sense.
Now, to be honest, there aren’t that many bare breasts on display in “Hot Tub Time Machine” (the most prominent ones being those of Montreal actress Jessica Paré, in an almost entirely topless cameo). In fact, most of the nudity involves Rob Corddry! But in spirit, make no mistake, this Steve Pink comedy is clearly a homage to those 1980s movies about horny young guys partying it up and trying to get some.
The twist being that the protagonists (John Cusack, Craig Robinson and Corddry), once best friends eager to conquer the world together, are now pushing 40, they’ve more or less drifted apart from each other and they’ve never really achieved anything of importance. So when a hot tub manages to return them to 1986, in their teenage bodies, no less, it’s their chance to not only get all kinds of fucked up like they used to, but maybe also to do things differently this time… Though that possibility doesn’t please Cusack’s 20-year-old nephew (Clark Duke), who somehow traveled back in time with them, what with the risk of disrupting the space-time continuum and all that…
“Hot Tub Time Machine” is many things at once: a tale of male bonding and nostalgia (bad 1980s fashion and music galore!), a gross-out comedy (do expect some unnecessary shit, piss and puke gags), a self-aware time-travel film (with direct or implied references to “Timecop”, “Stargate”, “The Terminator”, “The Butterfly Effect” and “Back to the Future”) and, again, a movie about trying to get laid. On the whole, it’s rather hit and miss, but it did make me laugh quite a few times, most often courtesy of Corddry’s foul-mouthed, abusive, out of control asshole character. Plus you get to see some titties in it… Which, granted, isn’t that big a deal in the age of the internet, but hey.