When we last we left Lou, Rob Cordrry, Nick, Craig Robinson, and Jacob, Clark Duke they had just come back from their adventures in the hot tub time machine, having used their knowledge of the future to better themselves. Lou had invented Lougle, Nick’s career as a singer had taken off, and Jacob had discovered that Lou was his father. However, when Lou is shot by an unknown assassin the guys must go back into the hot tub time machine to find out who shot him and stop it from happening.
This time though when they emerge from the hot tub, they are ten years in the future not the past and everything has changed. How they work this entire out is the plot of the story. The problem with this movie is that it is filled with clichés, there are no surprises, it is unnecessarily gross and filled with so many F words it almost rivals movies such as “Wolf of Wall Street”. This film is also so gratuitous in nature that it is almost as bad as “A Million Ways to Die in the West”.
Another major problem with this is that the main character in this story, Lou, is so unlikable that there is no reason to empathize, let alone sympathize with him. He is an abusive, mean father to Jacob, self-centered, bullying, greedy, emotionally manipulative and with a personality which is grotesque. This begs the question why would anyone want to be his friend? Why would Nick, who seems to want to do anything Lou says, be his friend?
At one point, they through in a bonding scene between Lou and his son, Jacob, this could be right of the playbook for how to make a boring movie. Then, when they do bond, the very scene which is supposed to be touching rings entirely false; how could you bond with someone who constantly belittles you and sings, “You’re a nerd and no one likes you.” And if you were Jacob, what would ever convince you that Lou was sincere? He is the very definition a backstabbing faithless jerk.
So how bad is this movie? There are maybe three good laughs in the entire thing. Even if you put this aside, what else is there? There are some interesting gadgets in the film, such as a car which comes to you, and drives you around. Cars in the future can designate to assassinate someone if they behave poorly. The reality shows in the future are insane, yet the advances (if you can call them that) seem to be so great that one has to suspend belief entirely to think that in just ten years, things could change that much.
There are small homages to other films throughout this, (“The Fringe” is mentioned several times) and there is a hover board in one scene much like “Back to the future” along with cell phones which are implanted in your head. Yet, if this is all they have to offer, wouldn’t it be better to watch a seminar on technology rather than suffer through this gross, banal and poorly written piece of trash. One would do better to stay home and watch “The Interview” which is funny, than sit in agony through this.