“Hot Tub Time Machine” stars ’80s idol John Cusack, The Office’s Craig Robinson aka Horsedick.mpeg aka Bouncer Dude from Knocked Up, Clark Duke of Superbad background fame and web-only series ClarkandMichael.com, and Rob Corddry, the older brother/stepfather I never had but always wanted. That cast right there is a pretty good foundation upon which to build a ski lodge of comedy gold. Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover also make appearances. That’s two more ’80s idols for your nostalgic ass.
Now throw in what’s best in life (despite what Conan says) – a hot tub and a time machine – and you’ve got a surefire hit on your hands. To sum up the development executive’s elevator pitch – this movie is like The Hangover meets Back to the Future. Why are you still reading this?! That’s all you need to know! GO SEE IT!
Okay, so maybe you need more convincing. First off, word of MGM picking up this time travel comedy came in May 2008 well before even my bold prediction that The Hangover would be the best comedy of ’09. At the time of the announcement, MGM Executive VP of Production Cale Boyter (which sounds like an advanced form of leprosy) stated, “We’re always looking for ways to stand out from the rest of the pack in today’s crowded marketplace, and what better way than to combine hot tub debauchery and the complications of time travel.” This guy’s never heard of a DeLorean? 88 miles per hour? and 1.21 jiggawatts? Think Genius, it’s really not that hard – two words; Flux Capacitor.
The story comes from Josh Heald whose credits include Air Marshal #2 in Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay and writer of to be released “Mardi Gras.” He’s from Red Bank, NJ, hometown of fellow raunchy comedy scribe Kevin Smith, so you can expect only the finest vocabulary and dialect. Co-writing the script with Josh are Sean Anders and John Morris, the team behind upcoming comedy “She’s Out Of My League” and 2008’s “Sex Drive.” Sean’s sister Andrea, who was in “Sex Drive,” plays Linda on ABC’s prime time comedy “Better Off Ted.”
So, what’s the story about? Well, the aforementioned foursome play a group of friends bored with their lot in life. Cusack’s character, Adam, has just been dumped by his girl, Corddry’s character, Lou, is a party animal in search of a party he can’t find, Robinson’s character, Nick, is p-whipped by his wife, and Duke’s character, Jacob, can’t tear himself away from the xBox. What cures a nasty case of the common woe? Road trip, of course. This road leads to a remote ski lodge that’s heavy on the sausage and light on the tacos.
How does one get a party kick started? No, one does NOT put on the Black Eyed Peas. The answer? HOT TUB! The one match that’s lit the fire under every reality show’s cast since 1992. It’s simple science. Grab 7-8 attractive people, throw them in a hot tub with a dangerous supply of alcohol and you’ve got reality TV gold. MGM must have finally caught wind of this “hot tub success formula” and I, for one, am glad they did. When I first heard about this project, I thought it was a joke, and technically it is. However, this kind of rudimentary film-making is sometimes just what the doctor ordered when you’re flushed with existential movies like The Science of Sleep and Synecdoche, New York that make your mind bleed.
Need a few more reasons to see this hot steamy pile of greatness? How about the hot women? Lyndsy Fonseca (pictured above) plays Jennie, John Cusack’s ex from 1986, which at the time was totally heavy, doc. You might have also seen her in “How I Met Your Mother” and “Big Love“, but I haven’t because my roommate’s too cheap for HBO and I didn’t know CBS had programming outside of NFL on Sundays. Not the TV type? Catch her on the much larger screen in “Kick-Ass.” Then there’s Lizzy Caplan who plays April. You might remember her role as Marlena in Cloverfield, but she’s also been on “True Blood” and voiced a character on “American Dad!” Blond beauty Collette Wolfe plays Kelly and can also be seen in “Four Christmases” and “Semi-Pro”. Freckle-faced fox Jessica Pare turns heads as Tara, clearly hot Crystal Lowe blows away your downstairs parts as Zoe, and ultra magnetic Julia Maxwell lets loose as Lucy.
Check out the “green” band trailer, which you can show to your little sister is below:
Check out the official site’s hilarious soundboard and production stills below.