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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Review: Can They Travel Back in Time and Never Make This Movie?

Hot Tub Time Machine was a surprise hit back in 2010 that was charming and clever in the ways it conveyed simple themes of friendship and taking your future into your own hands. The movie  had surprise chemistry between its main cast and tons of people fell in love with the film which led to an announcement soon after that a sequel would happen. Five years later, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has finally hit theaters, and last night we went to see it, which was probably a huge mistake.

Blaise: F

I absolutely loved Hot Tub Time Machine, and all I wanted out of this sequel was for it to not ruin the original… sigh. The first movie had direction and everything the characters did was related to figuring out how to get back to the present time while enjoying the perks of being able to change things on the side. HTTM2 reverses that formula and has the characters doing random things in the future while the main plot is an afterthought. The film had a horrible basic plot with no direction and as a result the dialogue suffered because the jokes, which were all replicas of the original film, were entirely too drawn out and just turn into unfunny overkill.

Losing John Cusack as Adam seems to be what hurts this movie the most. In the original, Adam is the center of the friend group who, for the most part, brings the grounded moral conscience to everyone else. Without him, the focus turns onto Lou (Rob Corddry), which is a character that can’t really carry as the lead. Rather than having a serious actor surrounded by three comedic ones, HTTM2 just focuses on three comedic actors who try and stuff as many repetitive jokes into 90 minutes as possible.

I’m not even going to discuss how much talent they wasted in Adam Scott.

I definitely laughed at certain parts of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, but in the end it was a poor excuse of a sequel that was honestly just a money grab. There was so much wasted potential when you have time travel driving your story. This movie was closer to The Hangover 2 rather than a successful sequel that can make fun of itself without being overkill like 22 Jump Street.

Chris: F

While the first Hot Tub Time Machine was an unexpected gem, a great blend of crude humor but genuine heart, the movie’s sequel is absolutely devoid of everything that made the original so enjoyable. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 essentially has no story; it’s framed as a murder mystery of sorts, but the script has no interest in actually uncovering who the murderer is and instead has its characters meander through the future with no sense of purpose.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2‘s lack of focus would be forgivable if it was funny, but it’s not. Almost none of the movie’s jokes land (and most of the attempts at humor are dick jokes, because those are so funny, right?), and the film completely wastes its very talented cast (including Parks and Rec‘s Adam Scott), making them utter lines and perform stupid slapstick humor that not even the greatest comedian alive could make work.

Overall, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is a soulless, pointless, slog of a movie that has around a 90-minute running time but feels like it’s going on for three hours. If you’re a fan of the first one, do yourself a favor and act like this one doesn’t exist (just like The Sandlot 2) and use your money to go see something like Kingsman or The DUFF instead.

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Awesome Mix Podcast Episode 2

Check out episode 2 of the Awesome Mix Podcast where we (Chris and Blaise) discuss the weekly entertainment news along with some reviews of Arrow, The Flash, Kingsman:The Secret Service, and more.

Time stamps will be added onto the post in a little bit but for now SPOILERS about everything we discuss!

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review: The Most Fun You’ll Have at the Movies This February

Kingsman Review

Blaise and I went and saw Matthew Vaughn’s new film Kingsman: The Secret Service last night. There was a lot of hope that Vaughn, who has directed such films as Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, could provide us with the first great movie of 2015 (January and February are dark times, my friends). So did he deliver? Check out Blaise’s and my quick reviews below to find out, and then make sure to tune into this Sunday’s podcast for our full spoiler-filled discussion of the film. Continue reading

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Don’t Waste Your Money: Jupiter Ascending Review

Last night, Chris and I went to see Jupiter Ascending, a movie by the Wachowski siblings. The movie looked like it could be a decent sci-fi that at least provided a fun viewing with some solid action. When the movie was initially moved up to a February release from its originally planned July, we knew it couldn’t be a good sign, but coming from the creators of awesome flicks like The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas, we were still hoping for something average. Sadly, we both found ourselves extremely disappointed, so here are our quick reviews.

Chris: D+

There’s a good movie somewhere inside of Jupiter Ascending; unfortunately, it’s not the movie that we get to see. The Wachowskis do a fantastic job at creating an interesting, very vibrant world, but the characters that populate it are not nearly charming or compelling enough to elevate the meandering, convoluted story that we’re given. Ultimately, I left Jupiter Ascending with confirmation that Channing Tatum has grown as an actor (he’s one of the few redeeming qualities of the film) and the desire to see Mila Kunis in a more serious, action-filled role. Sadly, the character of Jupiter is anything but that (she’s passive the entire movie, as she essentially just gets dragged from place to place and is told what to do), and Jupiter Ascending is not the fun, sci-fi film I was hoping it was going to be; instead it’s just another piece of February junk filling screens at theaters.

 

Blaise: F

Jupiter Ascending had so much potential, and after seeing the movie, that’s all it will ever be; a hollow void of hope. The Wachowski siblings always seem to have great sci-fi ideas but this movie failed to execute anything in a coherent manner and left me, as a viewer, confused, bored, and apathetic. The character of Jupiter (Mila Kunis) never actually did anything on her own but was swept up into this story, Caine (Channing Tatum), seemed like a cool character but the best scenes he was a part of felt the shortest, and two other massive actors (Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne) were barely involved in the movie for how much they are featured in the previews and commercials. Jupiter Ascending had a score and special effects that felt right out of the Star-Wars prequels but lacked any depth and was an overall waste of time.

 

Avoid Jupiter Ascending, it’s not worth your money. Check out the first podcast this Sunday to hear Chris and I go more in depth and discuss why the film was so horrible.

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