Title: Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Director: Steve Pink Year: 2015 Run time: 1hr 33m
“When Lou (Rob Corddry), who has become the “father of the Internet,” is shot by an unknown assailant, Jacob (Clark Duke) and Nick (Craig Robinson) fire up the time machine again to save their friend…”
1:46 - Love someone taking credit for Mmm Bop. 3:49 - “How was I to know it would change the very fabric of our existence?” 6:01 - Lougle. Wonder if he’s change his logo recently. 13:36 - That coat check girl is crazy pretty. 15:35 - “I stole TIME.” 15:46 - Woop, BTTF reference. 22:32 - President Neil Patrick Harris. 25:01 - Lots of movie references and I’m so proud to be getting most of them. 27:41 - The timeline skewed into this tangent! 28:46 - I am so saying high five instead of actually doing it in future. 35:46 - Fourth wall. 37:02 - Smart Smart car. 56:38 - He is awful, I’m glad everyone in the film knows it. 59:53 - “You’re the one that doesn’t have a rock bottom.” 1:10:02 - If you’ve got a catchphrase, do it, even if it’s a dance! 1:14:39 - Forgive or kill. Hmm. 1:22:12 - “People are shooting each other. I’m getting out of here.” 1:28:10 - Yes, the moon!
The first HTTM wasn’t exactly a rousing success (“Not a great film, but moments of brilliance and certainly worth watching, if you can cope with it.”) and I wasn’t expecting the second to be any better. In fact, I was actively expecting it to be worse as the trailer looked shocking. I’m not totally sure why I even watched it, other than for that sense of completeness and because it was an easy-going watch for a wine-fuelled evening.
Anyway, I had low expectations and amazingly, it was even worse than I could ever predicted. There were, perhaps, two moments where I thought, that’s good, but otherwise it wasn’t funny, it was lazy, it relied too much on remembering the good things from the first film (which I couldn’t), and the character of Lou is just too odious to actually hang another entire film around.
Terrible, bad, avoid. I’ve watched it so you don’t have to.