MRM: “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”
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Movie Review Monday: Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Writer: Josh Heald
Director: Steve Pink
Stars: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson
I am not one of those people that bashes sequels just for the sake of “You should have left the first one alone.” There have been some sequels I have really enjoyed. (Mainly that of Disney or animated films such as Lion King 2… and I mean, how could you go wrong with all of the “Land Before Time” movies?) In turn, I am open-minded when it comes to a series I have previously liked. The first Hot Tub Time Machine I was impressed by. It had a nostalgic feel mixed with a real plot that had bittersweet moments and a chemistry amongst the cast. They had inside jokes that made you feel involved as part of their clique even though you were an audience member and you were interested in each of the character’s stories.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was not what I had hoped for. The first point that bothered me was how they re-used their old jokes. I’ll admit, these can be funny in instances where you hear it and think “Oh I remember that from the first movie!” but they are only successful if subtle. If you completely parade the same old jokes that got a laugh from the first one, you – as a production, are not taking any steps to make it better than the last. You are sticking with what you think people will laugh at. (Which nobody ends up doing because it has been done before).
Rob Corddry’s character was less the cynical loser from the first one and became a turbulence of greed, immaturity, and cockiness. He may have had a glimpse of those traits in the first one, but they really came forward to the point where you don’t really care what happens to him. His character was more likeable when you felt pity for him trying to get the old gang back together. In this one, they are going back in time to stop him from getting shot when in reality – you don’t even care how it ends.
I really missed John Cusack in this movie. You needed his seriousness to help balance out the comedy. They tried too hard to make everyone funny at all times which takes away from the story and makes the whole movie feel like uneventful rambling. I’ll admit, there were a few times that I did actually laugh but the attempted jokes versus the ones that really did hit were about 50 to 1. I will say, I was surprised of how simply Adam Scott slipped in with the cast and characters. Every time I see him in a movie I fluctuate between being irritated by him and being pleased by him. In this case, I think he did well.
I would relate this sequel similar to 22 Jump Street. Both Hot Tub Time Machine and 21 Jump Street were really funny, fairly original movies. Then, the second was released with re-used jokes; a dialogue closer to stand-up comedy or a roast rather than a movie plot; and the end before the credits of Hot Tub 2 was clearly inspired by 22 Jump Street. I will let those points speak for themselves as a recommendation. If you laughed a lot in that sequel, I think you will be as equally entertained with this one. There are absolutely some chuckles but I would not say it is movie theater worthy. I’d quicker re-watch the first one than make a point to see this.