I enjoy Hot Tub Time Machine, it’s full of funny people doing their thing, having fun, but it’s not the greatest movie ever or anything like that. And it made a little money ($64 million worldwide against a $36 million budget), and was successful enough, but hardly a hit. Despite those facts, however, it didn’t seem like anyone was out there clamoring for a sequel. But we all know that’s never stopped a studio before, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opens early next year (after being bumped from Christmas), and there’s this new trailer to remind you of that fact.
Most of the key players are back for this go round, with Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clarke Duke all reprising their roles from the first film. John Cusack is the notable absence, but it looks like his place in the quartet has been filled by Parks and Recreations’ Adam Scott, which isn’t a bad choice all things considered.
When this warm, bubbly adventure through time kicks off, we find the three amigos, Nick (Robinson), Lou (Corddry), and Jacob (Duke) all super successful thanks to their dalliances in the past and their knowledge of the future. So apparently just for the hell of it, they decide to go back to the past (maybe to make even more money), but instead they wind up in the future. But wait just a damn minute, in the future they’re all back to being useless bums, and now they have to figure out what went wrong, where it happened, and most importantly, how to fix it so they’ll be rich again. It’s hard out here for a time travelling con man.
I’m simple and easy, so I’m totally on board with watching a bunch of foul-mouthed jackasses go on another ridiculous adventure through time. Toss in a Fringe joke and I’m yours. My hopes aren’t super elevated, but it looks like it could be a fun enough time. In the red band trailer that dropped back in July, however, it seemed like their whole journey was kicked off by Lou getting shot in the dick by a mysterious gunman (my theory was, and still is, that it’s going to wind up being John Cusack’s Adam back for a cameo, but I’m probably wrong). The shooting still exists, but it’s more of a one-off joke here than an integral plot event. We’ll have to wait to see how it plays out.
In the meantime, here’s the red band trailer. There are more boobs and curse words than in the tame new version:
In addition to the main cast, there are also some solid supporting players on the roster, including Gillian Jacobs (Community), Thomas Lennon (The State), and Colette Wolfe, revisiting her role from the first film. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 opens February 20, 2015, and there’s also a new poster from Paramount.