You guessed it! Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is another addition to the library of pointless sequels. While the first film was a clever comedy that knew when to quit, this film doesn't even know where to start. The biggest mistake that this film makes, is that it abandons what worked before, and tries something different. Part 1 used the 1980's as the setting, and almost every joke and situation revolved around it. With part 2, the setting is the future, where there's no era to riff on, just dumb ideas to progress the story and humor. The other mistake is the absence of John Cusack (Grosse Point Blank). I understand that this film has a low budget and that Cusack commands a higher salary than the rest of the cast but, (If the rumor is true) how could they not even offer him a returning role? Without him, the cast seems almost lost as they bumble from one retarded scene to the next. On the plus side, at least everyone looked like they were having a good time while this movie was filming.
The main cast of Rob Corddry (Warm Bodies), Craig Robinson (Zack and Miri Make a Porno), and Clark Duke (Sex Drive), poke fun at each other with lines that are probably improvised and will be shown in multiple takes on the dvd. Sometimes it works, sometimes you hear crickets chirping. Corddry has the energy throughout to be the leader of the group. He grabs your attention so well at times, that you forget that you're watching a badly written movie. Robinson plays it cool at times but, even a ton of on screen coke snorting and song rips can't keep him from acting emo too. Duke is pretty much the nerd he was in the first one but with a song to match this time. Corddry's and Robinson's serenade of nerdiness at Duke is one of this film's better moments. Adam Scott (Knocked Up) is thrown in as Cusack's semi-replacement. Aside from his one funny scene, he's mostly used as a joke about feminine men in the future. There are a few funny moments and sight gags but, they are off set by oppositely bad ones as well.
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