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Hot Tub Time Machine 2


Stars: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs, Chevy Chase, Collette Wolf, Bianca Haase, Jason D Jones, Kellee Stewart, Kumail Nanjiani

Director: Steve Pink

As sequels go, this pointless waste of film stock cries out for a fast-forward button and sucks so hard that it could effortlessly put Mr Dyson’s legendary vacuum cleaners out of business.

Original star John Cusack sensibly passed (I assume) on returning for this alleged comedy, leaving internet tycoon Ron Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Corddry’s crass son Adam Scott to attempt to bring to life a crass and witless screenplay that only a complete rewrite, recasting and remake could hope to save

There are few, very, very few mostly rancid and ridiculous gags on offer and, on the evidence of the screening I attended, most of the sufferers missed them to judge by the near laughter-free reception the film received.

Josh Heald’s apology for a screenplay sees Corddry (“I want my dick back!") murdered at a posh party by being shot in the groin, leaving pals Robinson and Duke, accompanied by Scott, to leap into to eponymous hot tub and travel back to the past to save Corddry.

If you watch this far, you might well wonder why they bother.

But bother they do, inadvertently landing up in the future where their witless exploits include forced sodomy in front of the cameras and studio audience in the hit Christian Slater-hosted TV show Choozy Doozy.

Laugh? I couldn’t start.

Chevy Chase turns up briefly again looking terrible and acting (I use the word as loosely as possible) even worse. He and everyone else appearing in front of the camera (and behind it for that matter) would be well advised to grow beards and lie about their involvement in the picture.

One of the luckless characters complains, “I’m bored with this sh*t!”; it’s the perfect review.

Alan Frank

USA 2015. UK Distributor: Paramount. Colour.
93 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 3, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 3, Swearing 3.

Review date: 11 Apr 2015