Hot Tub Time Machine is one of those concepts that, on the surface, is so stupid that it couldn’t possibly be worth 90 minutes of your time. Sort of like Snakes on a Plane, it sounds like the exaggerated punchline to a joke about the horrible dross Hollywood groupthink too often shits out. But by god, Hot Tub Time Machine stared those preconceptions right in the face while its buddy sneaked around behind us for a truly vicious wedgie in the form of excellent casting and schadenfreude involving Crispin Glover’s inevitably severed arm. Now Hot Tub Time Machine 2…that sounds like a really bad idea. Let’s see what the sequel’s Super Bowl TV spot has to offer…
I’m ashamed I didn’t anticipate the “inflated balls” joke, but somebody earned their paycheck by following the news. That’s the sort of comedic good timing that almost makes you think somebody at Paramount has a…time…machine. Hmm…changes air pressure are a well-known side effect of temporal distortion, so maybe Deflate-Gate is all a bit of non-sequential time-hopping viral marketing!
At any rate, here’s the official synopsis for HTTM2:
When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) 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. (Adam Scott). Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past… which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 looks to be pretty much more of the same, so if you dug the original this new one will likely be right up your alley as well. Unless you only like the first one because of the presence of John Cusack, because he’s been erased from the timeline or dumped into a tangent universe or asked for more money or something. Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke are all back, along with Chevy Chase as the mysterious hot tub repairman. Director Steve Pink is also back at the helm, although only one of the original film’s writers is back in the Tub for this go-round: Josh Heald, who filled the intervening years since the first Hot Tub Time Machine with a TBS TV movie and something called Mardi Gras: Spring Break starring Carmen Electra. Hey, Josh Heald’s gotta eat!
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will swirl into theaters on February 20th.