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Hot Tub Time-Machine 2 (Paramount Pictures)
Directed by Steve Pink
Written by Josh Heald
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is funny. And it handles time-travel very well. It’s silly and crass at times and every character is an awful person but it made me laugh almost as much as the first one. So I guess I liked it.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 picks up five years after the last one left off, with our heroes having changed the past, making themselves the inventors of Google or the writers of famous songs. Cheating others out of their destinies by knowing the future.
But in Hot Tub Time Machine 2 they have to time travel again to save a friend from being killed at his birthday party (I think it was his birthday party). So they fire up the Hot Tub and try to travel further back to prevent the shooting.
But they end up further in the future. And it’s a very well-built future with smart cars and smart drugs and lots of cool tech. For a science fiction comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2 gets a lot of stuff right. It’s not too futuristic. There’s just a few new gadgets here and there. I think that’s what I liked most about HTTM2: Its vision of the future.
Well anyway as it turns out the guy who shot their friend came from his future back to their past. So to change their friend’s future in the past they have to change their own future which is the killer’s past. See what I mean. What beautiful use of time travel. And I’m not giving anything away because that’s where our story begins.
The humor is sophomoric and crass but the science fiction elements are fantastic and some of the jokes are really funny. You can tell that a lot of the dialogue is improvised. And I usually don’t like that in my movies but Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is basically a bunch of guys hanging out and drinking and doing drugs and most of the jokes are just the guys insulting each other and some of it is very very funny.
What can I say? It’s definitely not for everyone, but I really liked Hot Tub Time Machine 2.