a critiQal film review Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

Plot: After their first adventure, Lou (Corddry) and Nick (Robinson) are living very well off their ill-gotten gains, while Jacob (Duke) still cannot rely on Lou to be a positive role model. When an unknown assailant breaks into Lou's mansion and shoots him, Nick and Jacob take him for another trip in the hot tub. They emerge in the year 2025, where they must figure out who shot Lou and prevent it from happening again.

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After watching Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), I found out I had alot more fun with the film than I thought I was going to originally. So, when Hot Tub Time Machine 2 popped up on Amazon Prime, I figured I’d give it a shot.

Would this sequel be as good as the original? Or was in for a major disappointment?

Most of the gang from the first film is back, with one noticeable exception: John Cusack. Easily the biggest star they could get for Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), him not being around for this sequel is a definitely dubious sign.

The others try to make up for Cusack’s absence in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but they just can’t do it. Corddry, Robinson and Duke are all secondary characters still, and making them the forerunners just doesn’t work. Tossing in newcomer Adam Scott as Cusack’s replacement doesn’t work either. The film tries to fool viewers into thinking Cusack may be waiting in the wings, and that works for a few minutes. But, once viewers realize Cusack is gone, they will wonder why they are watching the film at all.

That’s not to say the other actors can’t act. They can. But Clark, Duke and Corddry are good in small doses. They are bit actors who do well in small parts. Give them the limelight for too long, and they just don’t know what to do with it. They are just so happy to be in the limelight, they are willing to do anything to keep it – no matter how bad it gets.

And it gets really, really bad in Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Making the first film feel clean by comparison, this second outing adds the raunch by the truckload, and never lets up. Apparently, all this raunch is supposed to have viewers rolling on the floor with laughter. Instead, this will keep many viewers quiet, as not even a chuckle can make it through until the end credits. The rest isn’t just unfunny – it seems to be purposefully trying to be so distasteful and disgusting, viewers won’t even want to laugh.

Filled with appallingly pathetic attempts at humor, and lacking main star Cusack that tied the first film together, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a pathetic attempt to cash in on The Hangover (2009) phenomenon with their own sequel along the same lines. Even fans of the first film will be hard-pressed to find very much to laugh at in Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

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