John Cusack goes back in time in a ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ 
Have you ever wanted to back in time and undo your mistakes? Change your future? Well, in the 2010 hot comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke are given that opportunity when their hot tub accidentally becomes a time travel machine bringing them back to 1986.
Adam (Cusack), Nick (Robinson) and Lou (Corddry) have been friends since high school. However, as adults their friendship is not what it used to be and they have become distant.
Their lives too are not what they had imagined it would be. Adam just broke up with his girlfriend and has a nephew, Jacob (Duke), living in his basement who spends his days (and nights) playing Second Life.
Nick who dreamt of being in the music industry is now working with ‘Sup Dawg, a health facility for canines and Lou is the party hardy freak who has surpassed his prime, yet thinks he’s got it.
One night during a drunken binge, Lou accidentally poisons himself with exhaust fumes. His near fatal experience prompts Adam and Nick to arrange a trip for them to Kodiak Valley; the hub of their youthful social lives. Jacob tags along as the group head to the valley and book into Silver Peaks Lodge where they take accommodation in the same room they used back in 1986. Once there they start partying in the hot tub and wake up the next morning in the past – which is when the real complications start.
This comedy, directed by Steve Pink (Accepted, Day and Knight) and written by Josh Heald, Sean Anders and John Morris, pays tribute to a number of films and bands including Poison and Mortley Crue.
It is something like sweet soup made with a bits and chunks from The Time Machine, Terminator, Weird Science, Karate Kid, The Shining, The Butterfly Effect and so many more.
The first reference to a film is in the scene where they pull up to the lodge and Jacob makes a prediction where one of them starts writing a novel and then they get snowed in, and then Lou starts axe murdering all of them (Lou hates Jacob). However, the most memorable would be the reference to Terminator by a cocaine covered face Nick. He rambles on about how the terminator was sent back in time to eliminate Sarah Connor to stop the birth of John Connor.
The antagonists in the film seem obsessed with Rambo and idea of fighting the communists. They also come to the conclusion that the hot tub four are actually communist spies after finding a Russian drink in Lou’s backpack.
Rob Coddry who plays Lou is absolutely hilarious. He puts a lot into the characters he plays which is mostly assholes like the obnoxious agent Ron Foxx in Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay or Warren from Old School and Kyle in Wedding Daze.
The film ends with a high note as the friends make the most of their trip to the past and ‘undo’ their mistakes. But the biggest surprise is the relationship between Lou and Jacob which actually changes for the better. In the end, everything changes and everyone is happy.
The film is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) because of the course language, nudity, violence and drug use. However, you can’t go past this film if you wanna have some laughs.