Rob McEwan
Chris Nashawaty
June 23, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hot Tub Time Machine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
100 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/26/10
performer
John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson
director
Steve Pink
author
Sean Anders, Josh Heald
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

In 1992’s Unforgiven, an older and wiser Clint Eastwood returned to the genre that made him a star to make a statement about the films of his youth. In a way, Hot Tub Time Machine is John Cusack’s Unforgiven. If you grew up during the teen-comedy golden age of the ’80s, you undoubtedly have a huge soft spot for his screwball trilogy of The Sure Thing, Better Off Dead, and One Crazy Summer. Granted, none of these are great movies (well, maybe The Sure Thing). But they are a hell of a lot of fun, thanks to Cusack’s deadpan one-liners and bemused Everyguy appeal. The 44-year-old version can try to play it straight all he wants these days, but for a certain segment of his audience, he’ll always be Lane Meyer dodging a newspaper deliverer who really wants his two dollars. HTTM is literally a time warp back to the era of ”The Safety Dance” and bullies with upturned collars, as Cusack, his nerd nephew (Clark Duke), and his two oldest pals (The Office‘s Craig Robinson and The Daily Show‘s Rob Corddry) take a dip in a mystical Jacuzzi and wind up back in 1986 — at the moment their lives veered off course. Sure, the flick cribs a bit too much from the arrested-development raunch of Old School and The Hangover (especially in the slightly longer unrated version), but it’ll do until Cusack ages a few more years and decides it’s time to make his Million Dollar Baby. Stick around for the nine deleted scenes on the EXTRAS, where an ad-libbing Corddry shines. B

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