If we’re being honest, I completely forgot that Hot Tub Time Machine 2 was even happening. As soon as I realized that it is a thing that exists, and that John Cusack isn’t involved, my initial reaction was not optimistic, in fact it was the exact opposite of optimistic. But after I watched this new red band trailer, however, I have to admit that this looks really damn funny if you’re in the mood for dick jokes, and I usually am. If nothing else, this movie has Rob Corddry being foul and crude, and that is almost always a simple recipe for success.
Apparently Paramount presented this to fans at San Diego Comic-Con, though it was presented to the non-wristband-having populace by IGN, and there is a lot of nerdy stuff to sink your teeth into in these three minutes. And boobs, and swearing, and fart jokes, and a man shot in the penis, so you know, business as usual. There are obvious Back to the Future parallels, especially Part II, and you have to love that there are also overt references to Terminator and even Fringe, which you don’t always expect.
Picking up in the wake of the first movie, three of four main characters have had their lives enriched in various ways by the titular time traveling hot tub. Jacob (Clarke Duke) is still a nerd, but a nerd with money and a father. Nick (Craig Robinson) has made a lucrative career out of stealing pop songs that were never written in this timeline. And Lou (Corddry) is filthy stinking rich, having become the father of the Internet. When a mysterious gunman tries to kill Lou by shooting him in the junk with a shotgun, the three try to go back in time to stop him. My working theory is that it’s Adam, John Cusack’s character, who pulls the trigger, but we’ll see how that pans out. But there’s a kicker, the hot tub doesn’t take them back in time, it takes the to the future. What? Mind blown. Shenanigans ensue.
Okay, here’s how I envision this going down. Using my magic crystal ball, I see some deliriously funny moments of over-the-top crudeness that are ultimately overshadowed by too many horrible, groan-inducing attempts at humor, probably involving dicks, drugs, and human feces. This prediction doesn’t feel like too much of a stretch considering that’s pretty much what you see in this trailer. You laugh, but you cringe just as often, if not more. And though they may have lost John Cusack, they’ve added Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), so who knows, maybe I’m wrong and this will be great, nothing would please me more. (Also, IMDb lists Scott’s character as Adam, so is he supposed to be the same Adam? Interesting.)
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opens everywhere on Christmas Day of this year, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say you should probably go see it with your grandparents.