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Hot Tub Time Machine 2: A pool of redundant humour

Hot Tub Time Machine’s sequel includes newcomer Adam Scott.

1.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Josh Heald
Directed by
Steve Pink
Starring
Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott
Classification
18A
Country
USA
Language
English

In Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the back-to the-eighties characters played by Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry have found fame and fortune by using their knowledge of the future.

Robinson's Nick Webber lifts radio hits from the 1990s to become a pop star in 1986. (Speaking of swiping, we've seen this trick before, more subtly, in Austin Powers in Goldmember.)

The tired-trope flick has the boys zipping into the future to prevent a murder in the past. It's 2025, and a black female is now the host of The Daily Show. That could never happen today, right? Also, in 2025, gay sex is still a hoot! Adam Scott is a newcomer to the cast, bringing a Hangover-like storyline and a straight-laced counterpart to the other guys' crass jocularity.

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The boorish, juvenile Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is the proverbial turd in the Jacuzzi – you can't pin down who's responsible, but it's a floater that ruins the party.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More

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