≡ Menu

It Came From the Bargain Bin ( Hot Tub Time Machine )

Welcome to this week’s installment of “It Came from the Bargain Bin”. First of all, I have to say that there will not be any Christmas movie reviews from The Bin this month. It’s not that I have anything against Christmas movies, but let’s be honest, with the exceptions of “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “Christmas Vacation”, and a few renditions of “A Christmas Carol”, most films based on the Christmas holiday suck. So, having gotten that statement out-of-the-way we can proceed. This week’s selection is yet another trip back to the polarizing decade that may turn people’s stomachs at the sheer mention of the time and at the same time inspires reminiscing and endless jokes based on the styles and music that we will not soon forget. Yes, I think you know that I am referring to the eighties. This week’s flick from the cheap heap may not have been written or filmed in the eighties but this particular comedy takes you back to the much maligned decade that so many people may try so hard to forget. So, you can either embrace the decade and except that it did actually did happen or you can avoid anything that has to do with the time, which, especially nowadays, seems almost impossible to do. This week’s movie takes us back in time through a time portal that manifests itself in the form of a tub that was certainly popular during the eighties. The selection from The Bargain Bin this week is the 2010 comedy………….”Hot Tub Time Machine”.

Hot Tub Time Machine


Starring: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson

Written By: Josh Heald and Sean Anders

Directed By: Steve Pink

Reviewed by: Joe Sikes


Adam (John Cusack), Nick (Craig Robinson), and Lou (Rob Corddry) are old friends that have over time moved further apart, due to, well life in general. If there is one thing all three friends have in common now it’s that neither of them is satisfied with where their lives have taken them. When Lou accidentally almost kills himself due to inhalation of car exhaust fumes while drinking in his car and singing along and playing air drums to one of his favorite songs, “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue, the three friends are brought back together. While visiting Lou at the hospital, Adam and Nick decide that the perfect remedy for Lou’s depression is a trip to their old vacation stomping grounds “Kodiak Valley” or as they affectionately refer to it “K Val”. So along with Adam’s nephew Jacob (Clark Duke) in-tow, to finally break him away from his video game/couch potato lifestyle, the three old friends make their way to the hard partying ski resort. When the group finally arrives at Kodiak Valley they find that things aren’t exactly what they used to be. Not only are all the stores and bars closed down but their old hotel is now a broken down hovel that nobody in their right mind would pay to stay for a night, never mind a weekend and not to mention the old hot tub that at one time was the perfect party favor is out of commission. The party weekend has suddenly become very lame, until the dead hot tub is mysteriously brought back to life. After a night of debauchery in the revived hot tub it seems that the hot tub is not the only thing that has been revived. The friends have found a new vigor that they have not felt since the old days. But something else is very different or, even stranger, the same.


Surrounded by neon ski suits and cassette playing walk mans the band of mates have found themselves back in, say it ain’t so, nineteen eighty-six! How do they get back to the present? Do they actually want to get back to their miserable lives? How does Adam’s nephew Jacob figure into all of this? Guess you’ll have to check out “Hot Tub Time Machine” to find out, now won’t you.

“Hot Tub Time Machine” is an entertaining romp that will make you laugh hysterically at times and make you cringe with reminders that you would rather not remember. One way or the other you will find this movie to be a good time. I have seen this movie a number of times now and it has worked its way into my all time favorite comedies list in the vicinity of “Airplane”, “Dumb and Dumber” and “The Naked Gun”. If you are a fan of ridiculous comedies like I am you will definitely enjoy this laugher. I give “Hot Tub Time Machine” 2 and 1/2 guys, that’s right 2 and 1/2 Guys. See you next week with another selection from “It Came from the Bargain Bin”.




Comments on this entry are closed.

  • sati December 9, 2012, 7:05 am

    I enjoyed the movie, but found it pretty forgettable in the end. Parts of it were really funny, though, including Enrique Iglesias’s Hero playing in slow-mo sequence and most of the scenes with Craig Robinson, he is so funny.

    • Joe December 10, 2012, 9:16 am

      Hi Sati,
      Sorry that you didn’t find the movie as enjoyable as I found it but I’m glad that you got some laughs out of it nonetheless. Yes, I agree that Craig Robinson is pretty damn funny. Thank you for your response. Have a great week.

  • Jen December 9, 2012, 8:19 pm

    I 100% agree! On the surface, this movie seems dumb and stupid, but honestly, it’s a shockingly good movie. I found myself laughing and shaking my head. I wasn’t shaking my head out of disappointment, but the fact that I could see myself (and my friends) doing the exact same thing! The ending…was kinda perfect.

    My favorite scene is this gem!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiCwfERjnRo “Get out of my way, stool!” HAHA

    • Joe December 10, 2012, 9:33 am

      Hi Jen,
      Happy to see that we see eye to eye on this one. When I first saw the preview for HTTM I thought that it could be pretty funny but after seeing the movie I felt that it was much better than I had anticipated. Your favorite scene is a great one and I’m not even a big fan of the song but Craig Robinson pulls it off in a way that you have to appreciate. I absolutely agree with you that the end was pretty much perfect. Makes you wish that you had your own Hot Tub Time Machine. I checked out your bucket list and I hope you accomplish everything on it. Have a great wee. and thank you for the post.

  • Jaina December 10, 2012, 3:47 am

    Not a massive fan of this film. Sure it had some funny bits, but like Sati, found it very forgettable. I do like a good ridiculous comedy every now and then but this just missed the mark for me.

  • Joe December 10, 2012, 9:40 am

    Hi Jaina,
    I’m sorry HTTM didn’t quite do it for you but I feel that you could definitely do worse for 5 bucks. Hope the next review provides a better selection that suits your cinematic tastes. Thanks for your post and have a great week.

  • Tracy December 10, 2012, 9:44 am

    I loved this movie! This film has the best use of the title as dialogue ever! I’d say this was a true gem from the bin my friend. It was ridiculous and dumb, but of so funny. And Crispin Glover is just as weird and awkward as ever!

    • Joe December 10, 2012, 5:27 pm

      Hi Tracy,
      I agree that when Nick (Craig Robinson) inserts the movie title in the dialog it is another priceless moment and you are absolutely right, we cannot forget Crispin Glover as The Bellhop is a perfect addition to a great cast. Thanks for the post, it’s always great to hear from you. Have a great week.

%d bloggers like this: