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Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke star in the sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but this reviewer warns audiences to save their money.


Pam-Marie Guzzo | Interrobang | Lifestyles | March 2nd, 2015



In this sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine, the boys once again travel through time – this time to solve a mystery of some sort. Lou, played by Rob Corddry, and Nick, played by Craig Robinson, have made themselves successful by rampantly stealing the ideas of others. That is, while Lou’s son Jacob has still managed to do nothing with his life despite having the resources to do literally whatever he wanted.

Once a random reason for travelling through time has been established, we’re treated to a lame explanation of how the hot tub works, followed by an incredibly clumsy plot device thanks to a Chevy Chase cameo.

For some reason, the writers seem to have forgotten they were making a comedy sequel and made the terrible decision to add five minutes of explanation for every 15 minutes of film. This not only drags out every scene, with even the characters appearing bored and tired of one poorly thought out explanation after another, but many of the reasons they give contradict each other and do nothing to add in any way to the film.

The constant justifying of random actions is only really necessary because of how incoherent the plot of the film is. Many times the characters seem to randomly forget what actions they’re taking and why, instead wandering off to do something else for no apparent reason, justifying it through a lack of obvious paradox effects.

Nothing happens, followed by nothing happening, followed by a return to the first nothing that was happening for some stupid reason that no one cares about. My fouryear- old nephew has told far more interesting stories, with more cohesive plots and better character development than that offered.

Theoretically, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is supposed to be a comedy, however, there are few funny moments.

Instead, we’re treated to one tired sexist, homophobic or penis-related joke after another. The characters are all either self-pitying jerks or targets for the self-pitying jerks to harass, and those few poor females who are forced to share the screen with them could have been replaced with blow-up dolls with no notable change to the script.

Overall, the acting is – at best – disappointing. None of the actors seem to really know or care why their characters are doing anything, and the lack of purpose makes every line fall flat.

Adam Scott, who does such a great job in Parks and Rec, is especially disappointing, adding nothing but a growing sense of despair in his fans as the movie drags on. As tempting as it is to just blame Britta for ruining everything, this movie was fit to be left burning on a doorstep long before she makes her appearance.

Overall, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is nothing more than another disappointing, overly expositional sequel that could only be considered funny by someone who was as drunk and high as the writers must have been when they wrote the script. With no discernible plot and terrible acting, the movie is a pointless waste of time and money that leaves one reconsidering life choices.
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