Sunday, July 31, 2011
Hot Tub Time Machine
Written by Josh Heald, Sean Anders, John Morris
Directed by Steve Pink
Starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover
John Cusack attempts to recapture the glory of his 80s movies by setting a movie in the 80s.
truly mediocre. this did not live up to expectations. i expected random stupid humor (which is funny). i got really dumb plot with bad humor. eh. forgetful at best. i refuse to use anymore words on this movie.
I didn't have very high expectations for this movie going in. I was told that it was offensively misogynistic and homophobic (I really don't like that word for its intended context, but it's another battle I'll NEVER win) and I didn't find that to be the case, exactly. If anything, the film is merely representative of the culture it attempts to represent and while the characters are that way...
Wait, I'm changing my opinion mid-stream. The film doesn't have respect for anybody, but one scene in particular is pretty extremely disrespectful to women. You can chalk up the homophobic commentary to the period, but when the characters are in the present day they're just as bad; because people still think that sort of thing is funny, if by "people" you mean "assholes." Also, they're still 21st century dudes even when they're in 20th century bodies.
Aside from that, the movie was dumb. I chuckled a couple of times, but I really didn't care. There's this whole plot with one character who may or may not exist in the future but we're given no reason to believe that he's a contributing member of society. In fact, we're given no reason to believe that anyone outside of a secondary love interest is a contributing member of society.
I'm not a huge John Cusack fan; but I used to like his movies a lot more than this one. There was really nothing here.