The top three worst movies of 2014 were, “Men, Women & Children,” “Left Behind” and “Oculus.” Originally “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” was supposed to open on Christmas, but it was moved to today, February 20. Had it opened on its original date it would have bumped everything up one notch on that worst movie list and been declared the worst movie of 2014.
The sequel picks up some years after the original. Nick (Craig Robinson) is still a successful singer, by ripping off hit songs before they were ever written and Lou (Rob Corddry), having already stolen the idea for Google with Lougle, now “events” new tech based on his knowledge of the future. On top of which, Lou has become one of the biggest arrogant asses you have ever met and at a party someone shoots him in the one part of his body he treasures most (you figure that out). Before he can die Nick and Jacob drag him to the Hot Tub Time Machine to go back in the past to prevent the assassination attempt. Instead they find themselves ten years into the future.
If you are wondering what happened to John Cusack’s character, Adam, he does not appear in “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” Obviously the veteran actor knows garbage when he sees it and wisely decided to stay away. You can’t fault the actors who did come back. Actors have to work too. To replace him they brought in Adam Scott who plays Lou’s nephew in the movie and is one of the characters that are met in the future. Scott’s a fine comedic actor, but his talents largely go to waste in this movie. Chevy Chase returns as the Hot Tub Repair man, but looks pretty awful in the movie and looks unsure himself on why he choose to come back to this franchise.
The biggest problem plaguing “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” besides being a bad is movie is that it’s not funny. There may be one laugh or two, but overall you are watching a movie that is TRYING to be funny instead of being one. The audience who saw an advanced screening of it in West Palm Beach did laugh on more then a couple of occasions, but the times when the movie was attempting to sell a joke was met with silence and outweighed the times that laughs happened.
Even from a technical standpoint, the movie is a mess. The editing is nothing short of sloppy. You can see a jump cut happen more than once. The movie also falls in the realm of science fiction and the special effects in the movie are also pretty poor. There is one scene in the movie where we see a topless woman and it is clear there is a different actresses head superimposed on whoever was the real naked girl.
You can point most of the blame on the movie’s director, Steve Pink with the rest of it at writer Josh Heald. The two were also the duo behind the first movie. Heald doesn’t have much writing jobs beyond the Hot Tub movies. Steven Pink has some solid writing credits to his name, but so far his directing credits leave something to be desired. The moments in the movie that are trying to be funny probably would have succeeded under the direction of a more skilled director in the world of comedy.
It’s too early to know if “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” will hang on to be the #1 worst movie of 2015. Hopefully it will because the thought of having to sit through something worse this year is too depressing. It is rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence.