Why You Shouldn't See 'Hot Tub Time Machine'

By Ed Koch
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Hot Tub Time Machine basically consists of a series of gags that some describe as potty humor. It does contain a few hilarious moments, but overall I thought it was very juvenile and the sight gags often made me feel nauseated.

One funny, raunchy, and nauseating scene relates to fellatio. Run to the dictionary or think of Bill Clinton and his famous remark, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." In this case, the fellatio is performed by one man on another.

Now to the story line. Three misfits in their 40s who are distressed with their lives decide to visit a ski lodge of their youth. Adam (John Cusack) has just broken up with his girlfriend. Nick (Craig Robinson) is a relatively happily married man, but his dream of a music career with a band has eluded him. Lou (Rob Corddry), who carries most of the film, is an alcoholic and a raging bull always ready to fight. Also joining the three men is Jacob (Clark Duke) who is in his 20s. Jacob, who does not know the identity of his father, is the nerd child of Adam's sister.

The men jump into the hot tub outside their room and find themselves transported back to 1986, when they last visited the ski lodge. We then see them in their earlier personas as well.

I decided to see this movie after several people in their 30s recommended it to me. It may be a generational gap that turned me off, but I thought it was all quite ridiculous and the dialogue worse than coarse. Trust me and not those in their 30s. It is not worth your time.

Former New York City councilmember Henry Stern said: Several weeks ago I criticized Brooklyn's Finest for depicting all its characters as violent and corrupt. But that film is an Oscar contender compared with Hot Tub Time Machine, which is probably the most disgusting picture I have ever seen. I was surprised it was rated R because the language was mostly X and basically F. There was no nudity, which was a good thing because the characters were so ugly. The premise was preposterous. A hot tub takes you back in time just 24 years, to the era of rock and roll. The picture's greatest fault, apart from its incessant vulgarity and obvious contrivance, was that it was boring. I hope I saved you $12.50 and two hours that seemed like four, the movie being its own time machine.

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