Movie ReviewPointless sequels have been a common occurrence in Hollywood for a long time. Aside from the easily knockable straight-to-video "gems" that used to overwhelm the video store shelves and now clog up your Netflix making its library look deceptively huge, a ton of unnecessary film continuations have had the audacity to think that they will bless us with a theatrical release. Some pointless sequels make money off of their first film's cool idea (Taken 2 & 3, Hangover 2 & 3).
Some pointless sequels look so thin that nobody falls for them at all (Species 2, Robocop 3). Some pointless sequels know that they're going to make a buttload of cash in spite of how many fans it pisses off (Transformers 2 & 3 & 4, The Matrix 2 & 3). Some pointless sequels will wrack your brain at the thought of how they ever made it from script to finished film without anyone hitting the big red abort button (Son of the Mask, The Ring Two).
Lastly, there are pointless theatrical sequels of popular tv shows that you patiently wait years and years for, only to be left so disheartened and dumbfounded at how they could mess up so many things on so many levels, that you would want to throw your entire collection of dvds away and send a box of poo to its creator (The X-Files: I Want to Believe). Yeah, I want to believe that that film never happened. F*** you, Chris Carter!
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.
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The Good- The Choozy Doozy game show, the electric ladybug, and Corddry's tiger painting.
The Bad- Dudes in skirts and capris, song rips get old, and the homicidal Smart Car.
The Ugly- They seriously took five years to make this film! What was the delay? Were they trying to get Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) to come back and play a futuristic cyborg? Were they trying to secure song rights for Lisa Loeb's song "Stay"? Or just maybe the script was stuck up the studios ass until the stank wore off? Guess what, it's still there.
Final Thoughts on Hot Tub Time Machine 2
This film gives up the charm from five years ago and replaces it with childish humor that you would expect from a later season episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Disappointing to say the least. Don't waste your time and money with this film in the theaters. Just watch it for free on cable when you're drunk at two in the morning. If they make a part 3, I hope that they'll be smarter and go with what works like, going back to the 80's or trying out the 90's. There's a scene where Corddry keeps screaming about getting shot in the dick. I know how he feels.
Rating- 3 out of 10
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
R | 1h 33min | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 20 February 2015 (USA)
When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr.
Director: Steve Pink
Writers: Josh Heald, Josh Heald (characters)
Stars: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke