Release Date: 2/20/15
Sometimes a movie is so bad that it is good. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is not one of those movies. This sequel, without John Cusack, failed to capture the magic of the first movie (as most sequels tend to do). I can’t say that it was the absence of John Cusack, because his replacement, Adam Scott, was probably the best character of the film.
I find that crude humor works better when it is used sparingly. However, when the entire film is an attempt at crude humor, it ends up just being crude. There were some funny moments, and I did laugh sometimes despite myself. These few bright spots made the movie more painful in contrast.
The storyline was incoherent at times. Lou, Jacob, and Nick travel to the future. In the future of this future, someone travelled to the past to kill Lou. You spend the entire movie hoping the killer succeeds. This is always a bellwether for me, if I hate (one of) the main character(s), then I probably hate the movie. I have heard of a rule in writing: either the protagonist needs to be likable or really good at something. Lou is neither.
With an unlikable lead, a somewhat incoherent storyline, and painful moments between the funny lines you are better off watching the original again.
IMDB Rating: 5.1