March 24th- Hot Tub Time Machine

Despite how good they may be on an individual basis, movies like this are berated with regularity for being too shallow and crass. Part of this is simply because of the way they are advertised. I know that I have the bad habit of sometimes making these judgements, sometimes this is good, and sometimes it isn’t so good. It did cause me to miss this flick upon its initial release, a choice I am still lukewarm about.

That said, I still plan to miss a lot of movies that are going to be available this season.  This is mostly because I like to watch movies by myself when i really want to be able to pay attention to them, especially from an analytical standpoint.

Story: 1/2

After the weak introductory first act is over, the story gets into what was advertised, three middle-aged men filled with regret get a second chance.  Fairly well written jokes with a couple of good laugh-out-loud moments, but nothing that lasts.

Acting: 1.5/2

John Cusack is okay as the straight man protagonist, but is easily overpowered by Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry in their supporting roles.

Set: 1.5/2

The ski town at the center of the plot is really cool, and looks great as a backdrop for the story.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Pretty good effects for the hot tub sequences, but that’s about it.

Misc: 1/2

A not altogether terrible little comedy, but there isn’t really much worth a second watch.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

Watch it with a room full of friends on Netflix, or as a rental.  Just not a necessary buy.

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