Hot Tub Time Machine

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Hot Tub Time Machine
Hot tub time machine poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Pink
Produced by John Cusack
Grace Loh
John Morris
Matt Moore
Screenplay by Josh Heald
Sean Anders
John Morris
Story by Josh Heald
Starring John Cusack
Rob Corddry
Craig Robinson
Clark Duke
Crispin Glover
Lizzy Caplan
Chevy Chase
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Edited by George Folsey, Jr.
James Thomas
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United Artists
(MGM/UA Entertainment Co.)
Release dates
  • March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $36 million[2]
Box office $64.6 million[2]

Hot Tub Time Machine is a 2010 American science fiction adventure comedy film directed by Steve Pink. It stars John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, Kellee Stewart, Crystal Lowe, Collette Wolfe, and Chevy Chase. The film was released on March 26, 2010, to mixed to positive reviews.

A sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, was released on February 20, 2015.


In 2010, three friends are miserable with their lives: Adam Yates (John Cusack) has been dumped by yet another girlfriend, and his geeky 20-year-old nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) lives in his basement, playing Second Life, with no idea who his father is. Lou Dorchen (Rob Corddry) is a party animal way past his prime. Nick Webber-Agnew (Craig Robinson) has a dead-end job at a dog spa and an unfaithful and controlling wife named Courtney (Kellee Stewart). Lou almost dies from carbon monoxide poisoning in what his friends think is a suicide attempt. Adam and Nick sympathetically take him and Jacob to the site of some of their most memorable weekends, the Kodiak Valley Ski Resort. Upon arrival at the resort, they see that Kodiak Valley has fallen on hard times as well. They are shown to their room by a hostile one-armed bellhop named Phil Wedmaier (Crispin Glover). During a night of heavy drinking in a hot tub, they spill a can of an illegal Russian energy drink called "Chernobly" on the hot tub's controls. The next day, they wake up in 1986. They see each other as their normal age, but in their reflections and to other people, they appear as they did in 1986, except Jacob, who was not yet born. They arrive during "Winterfest '86," the weekend when Poison played to a huge crowd at the then-thriving Kodiak Resort.

In 1986, Adam broke up with his first girlfriend, Jenny Steadmeyer (Lyndsy Fonseca), and she stabbed him in the eye with a fork as a result. Lou was beaten up by Blaine (Sebastian Stan), the ski patrol bully. Nick played a bad show with his band at an open mic contest. The four are at first worried that if they change even the slightest thing in this time, it could have drastic consequences in the future, so they set out to do exactly what they did 20 years ago. Later, they decide that this may be a chance to change their destinies. When Jacob begins to flicker in and out, he warns the guys that if they continue what they are doing, then he may be wiped out of existence. A mysterious hot tub repairman (Chevy Chase) informs Jacob that the key to their time travel was the Chernobly, which contains a unique chemical that is vital to the time travel process.

Adam meets a music journalist named April Drennan (Lizzy Caplan), though he refrains from talking to her at first because he doesn't want to change the past. Adam changes his mind and instead seizes this "second chance" opportunity to save his relationship with Jenny, only to find out that she intended to break up with him all along. As fate would have it, Adam makes a comment about Jenny getting older and developing "trucker hips," which causes Jenny to lash out at him, again stabbing him in the eye with a fork. Crestfallen, Adam returns to their hotel room to do drugs and write bad poetry. He later goes wandering around the resort, where he meets up with April, and the two form a bond.

Nick realizes that his first time around the open mic band performance that he gave was such a disaster, it led him to abandon his much-loved music career. Feeling glad to be back (a comment that confuses his band mates), Nick rocks the crowd with his band with performances of "Jessie's Girl" and a "preview version" of "Let's Get It Started."

While busy tending to their own problems, the guys forget to show up for Lou's appointed fight with Blaine and his henchmen. Lou is severely beaten up by Blaine, who takes Lou's hydration pack that contains the Chernobly. They later go to Blaine's ski cabin to retrieve the energy drink, during which Lou finds the courage to punch Blaine out. Lou also seduces Adam's sister, Kelly (Collette Wolfe), and has sex with her, conceiving Jacob. While trying to get the Chernobly, the guys are joined by Kelly and Phil the bellhop, who is seen throughout the movie doing dangerous stunts, which Lou and Jacob expect to be the incident that costs him his right arm. He eventually loses his arm in a traffic accident.

The guys get the Chernobly and race back to the hot tub. They spill the Chernobly on the controls, and a massive temporal vortex appears. As the hot tub starts to activate, Lou announces he is going to remain in 1986, admitting to Adam that he was trying to kill himself, and that if he goes back it will happen all over again. In a gesture of friendship, Adam says that he will stay with Lou, and when they hug, Lou throws Adam backwards into the spinning vortex.

Back in 2010, Adam, Nick, and Jacob discover that Lou, Kelly, and Jacob are now a happy family enjoying a luxurious lifestyle due to Lou taking advantage of his knowledge of the future. Adam discovers that he eventually married April, and Nick is a successful music producer married to a loyal and loving Courtney. Even Phil has had his arm restored. Adam, Nick, Lou, and Jacob reunite at Lou's mansion with their families, satisfied with their new lives. The movie ends with a parody of the video for the 1985 Mötley Crüe song, "Home Sweet Home", a key difference being now Lou is the frontman.



Steve Pink directed the movie and Josh Heald wrote the screenplay.[3] It was filmed primarily at the Vancouver Film Studios in Vancouver and the Fernie Alpine Resort in Fernie, British Columbia.[4]


The first trailer for the film and the red-band trailer appeared on July 24, 2009, at Comic-Con 2009 and on the Internet. One of the red-band trailers consists primarily of specially shot footage (not featured in the film) of Jessica Paré's character in a tub. The film was screened for free in over 50 cities in the weeks leading up to its release.

On March 29, 2010, Corddry and Duke were guest hosts on WWE Raw from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, to promote the film. Robinson did make a short appearance, but only via satellite.[5]


Critical response[edit]

Hot Tub Time Machine received mixed to positive reviews from critics. On review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 63%, based on 199 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Its flagrantly silly script—and immensely likable cast—make up for most of its flaws".[6] Review aggregate Metacritic gave the film a score of 63 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

The New York Times critic A. O. Scott stated that "the picture moves so quickly and crazily, swerving and skidding and doubling back for seconds, that minor lapses in wit are immediately overtaken by major (and therefore hilarious) lapses in taste." He went on to comment that, "the undercurrent of misogyny and homophobic panic that courses through most arrested-development, guy-centric comedies these days is certainly present here. But unlike, say, The Hangover, which sweetens and sentimentalizes its man-child characters—allowing them to run wild and then run home to Mommy—Hot Tub Time Machine is honest in its coarseness and pretty tough on the fellows who are the agents and objects of its satire."[8]

Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four, commenting that, "The bottom line is, gross-out guy comedies open twice a month, and many of them are wretched excesses. Hot Tub Time Machine, which wants nothing more than to be a screwball farce, succeeds beyond any expectations suggested by the title."[9]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #3 with a weekend gross of $14,020,502 in 2,754 theaters, averaging $5,091 per theater.[2] It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and 11 weeks in total, grossing $50,287,556 domestically. The film grossed just over $61 million worldwide at $61,336,869.24

Hot Tub Time Machine was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 29, 2010. An "unrated" version was also released, with the Blu-ray Disc containing a digital copy.


Hot Tub Time Machine (Music From the Motion Picture)
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released March 23, 2010 (U.S.)
Label Rhino Entertainment

The soundtrack for the film, officially titled Hot Tub Time Machine (Music From the Motion Picture), was released in 2010 by Rhino Entertainment. Several of the songs were sung by members of the film.

Some tracks have artists in parentheses; this is the artist who originally performed the song.
  1. "Louder Than a Bomb" – Public Enemy
  2. "Perfect Way" – Scritti Politti
  3. "The Safety Dance" (extended 12" EP remastered version) – Men Without Hats
  4. "What You Need" (Single/LP version) – INXS
  5. "Modern Love" (Single version; 2002 digital remaster) – David Bowie
  6. "I Will Dare" – The Replacements
  7. "Push It" (album version) – Salt-n-Pepa
  8. "Bring On the Dancing Horses" – Echo & the Bunnymen
  9. "Save It for Later" – The Beat (known as The English Beat in the USA)
  10. "True" – Spandau Ballet
  11. "Jessie's Girl" (Rick Springfield) – Craig Robinson
  12. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (Shep Pettibone 12" Remastered Remix) – New Order
  13. "Once in a Lifetime" (2006 Remastered version) – Talking Heads
  14. "Home Sweet Home" – Mötley Crüe (also performed by Rob Corddry during the closing credits)
  15. "Let's Get It Started" (The Black Eyed Peas) – Craig Robinson
  16. "Hero" - Enrique
Not included in the album

The following songs were featured in the film, but not included in the soundtrack album:[10]


Although not a huge commercial success, strong home video sales prompted a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine. John Cusack did not return, and Adam Scott played his character's son. Although Cusack has stated on his Twitter account that he was not even asked to be a part of the sequel, Cusack makes an uncredited cameo in the unrated home video release of the film.[11]

Released on February 20, 2015, the sequel was panned by critics and was a box office bomb, grossing less money in its entire theaterical run ($12.8 million) than the original made in its opening weekend ($14 million).


  1. ^ "HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2010-03-29. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)". Box Office Mojo. CBS. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  3. ^ "Hot Tub Time Machine Writer Comes Forward, Explains Himself". Cinematical. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  4. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (2009-05-28). "Chevy Chase jumps in Hot Tub". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Upcoming Raw Guest Hosts". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Hot Tub Time Machine Film Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  7. ^ "Hot Tub Time Machine Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  8. ^ A. O. Scott (2010-03-26). "Hot Tub Time Machine – Times May Change, but Regret Endures". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Roger Ebert. "Hot Tub Time Machine". Chicago Sun Times. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Cusack, John. "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

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