I was folding laundry, and I thought I’d watch Hot Tub Time Machine simultaneously, to help pass the time. I watched Hot Tub Time Machine, a 2010 gross-out comedy starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke. The premise is simple — these four friends accidentally time travel to 1986 via a hot tub. This isn’t a sci-fi / comedy where they must avoid interacting with their younger selves, or affecting the space-time continuum, or adversely affecting the timeline, or needing to repair it. It’s just a dumb movie where they magically go back in time, and they do dumb things.
So, it’s not a good sci-fi movie. Is it a good comedy? Sadly, no. I like a good gross-out comedy if it is funny, and the characters are interesting or endearing. Not everyone may like how crass The Hangover was, but the characters grew on you. Since you like the characters, you like the movie. Unfortunately, I found the characters all rather annoying and somewhat unlikeable. Clark Duke was okay, but he wasn’t all that.
So, to summarize, it wasn’t a good sci-fi movie. It wasn’t a good comedy. The plot was dumb. The characters were unlikeable. Yup, I would actually discourage people from watching this film. That doesn’t happen very often, but I feel comfortable doing that.