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“”Hot Tub Time Machine” is about four friends who are hurled back from the dreary, weary present day to the DayGlo go-go year of 1986 by, as the title states, a recreational pool of frothing warm water. It takes less than two minutes to get to its first excrement joke. It features alcohol, drugs, foul language and nudity to a degree that would make even the most depraved libertine blush. It does not savage two genres (the ’80s film and the time-travel story) with sharp claws so much as it lazily bats at them with blunt paws.
“Hot Tub Time Machine” is also unhinged, unrepentant and hilarious, unequivocally the best American comedy we’ve had in a long time. I did not feel proud during “Hot Tub Time Machine,” but I also felt nothing between my chin and my eyebrows, as I was laughing with the brilliant stupidity of it all so hard, long and often that my face went numb.
Lifelong friends Adam (John Cusack), Lou (Rob Corddry) and Nick (Craig Robinson) need a getaway. Adam’s just gone through a breakup. Lou was found in his garage, passed out drunk, with the engine running. Nick’s haunted by his wife’s single instance of infidelity. In desperate need of relief, they go to the ski resort they enjoyed in their youth, with Adam’s nerdy nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) a last-minute addition. Lou is insisting his accident was just that (“If I wanted to kill myself, I’d f—ing kill myself! I’d be awesome at it!”), but Adam and Nick want to keep him close and unwind him a little. …”