Hot Tub Time Machine
Sadly, there is more to making a funny movie than just creating a snappy,
ironically awful title. Just ask the producers of Snakes on a Plane.
What it all boils down to is that Hot Tub Time Machine is not different in
any way from the string of straight-to-vids that come out every year with
raunchy frat-boy humor. It does, however, have one thing that those endless
American Pie sequels didn't have: John Cusack, who has spent the last twenty
years of his life endearing himself to us as the affable, low-key everyman.
Cusack not only agreed to star in this film, he also threw his hat in the ring
as a producer. God only knows why he did that, but by so doing he make this
otherwise straight-to-vid film a theatrical release.
Anyway, it's about a bunch of guys who are transported back to the 80s, and
it is also an 80-style film. The good news, therefore, is that it is
freewheeling and uninhibited and filled with nostalgic pop culture references -
including some references to Cusack's films from the 80s! The bad news is that
it does all that in service of a mediocre script performed by a bunch of
performers who, except for those named Cusack, could not get a table at
I found it pleasant, if not really hilarious. Bottom line: don't pay 12 bucks
for this. Wait to see it at home, like the straight-to-vid it should have been.
The film clips are cam quality. Sorry.
Jessica Pare does a
as does Crystal Lowe
Sparto has found out that ol' Batty has deceived him, so he simmers quietly
and plots revenge and/or escape. We're back on track this week in the nudity
department, especially from Viva Bianca. This week's Spartacus clips are from
Deep at Sea, and are 720p:
Viva Bianca, Lucy Lawless,