Box art for Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine


Outrageous laughs bubble up when four friends share a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, only to wake up as their younger selveswith nasty hangovers in 1986.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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  • Audience Score

common sense

2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
2 out of 5

Drugs, topless women make this comedy too steamy for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hot Tub Time Machine is like a college party weekend, filled to the rim with profanity, sex and sex talk, as well as drugs, alcohol, and a little fighting. Several sex scenes, which include topless women and some bare male bottoms, as well as near constant profanity (from "f--k" to "p----y"), make this a decidedly adult movie. One big joke involves the possibility of a straight man performing a sex act on his straight male friend. Some comedic drug and alcohol scenes, along with the film's focus on men re-evaluating their middle-age lives, also pushes it into mature territory. Older teens might enjoy the movie, but it's definitely intended for adults who remember the 1980s and grew up enjoying these kinds of teen party movies, especially those starring John Cusack (Better Off Dead, The Sure Thing, etc.).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the concepts of change and regret. What do you wish you could change or do over again? Is it ever too late to change your lives? Is it impossible, or just more difficult, as one gets older?
  • What did you think about the drugs and alcohol in the movie? Is it OK to use these subjects for humor?
  • What kinds of things keep friends together over many years? What kinds of things cause them to drift apart? Are these a good or bad?
  • What would life have been like in the 1980s? Does it seem simpler and more appealing (without Internet or texting), or does it seem primitive and impossible?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's fun, it's sad, and it's kind of sad that it's so much fun.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, March 26, 2010

Rotten: It's the sort of film Cusack probably wouldn't have been caught dead in a few years ago, which is a sad, if perhaps a truthful reflection of what happens when people hit their 40s and resign themselves to the way things are.

- Alistair Harkness, Scotsman, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A missed opportunity.

- Allan Hunter, Daily Express, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

One star for awesome premise. -1 because it's only been 5 days and I've already forgotten most of it. +2 for great performances from the leads. -2 for misogyny and homophobia (no, going back in time isn't an excuse). +1.5 for John Cusack, whose filmography qualifies as a time machine in itself. +1.5 for a bunch of hidden refs to other time travel movies. -1 for being subjected to JC's 1986 gf. Half a star for that True Love/Mean Girls actress, who is cool. Even if my math is off, I'm giving it 2.5 stars. So much for quantifying stuff.

- janna, Thursday, November 4, 2010

4 stars

Very funny feel good comedy where it all works out in the end. A bit slow to start with and always with a slightly dark undertone, turns into one of the funniest films of the year. A stella cast make this film a must see. We all know how great Cusack is and he is on form here, but the star is without doubt Rob Corddry. He is excellent in his role and plays it with a zeal most actors would die for.

- stuartb1234, Saturday, October 30, 2010

4 stars

this was hilarious. B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Tuesday, October 26, 2010