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HOT TUB TIME MACHINE
Hot Tub Time Machine is so aware of how absurd its storyline is that it doesn’t even attempt to justify it. In place of extensive exposition explaining the logistics of time travel and what it means for them, the characters cover all bases through Terminator references and extensive cocaine usage. The downside to making this sort of deliberately silly comedy is that the audience never has a chance to invest in the growth of the characters or care about what’s at stake, but sometimes, being funny is enough. And aside from a cute little romance, that’s the only area in which Hot Tub Time Machine hopes to succeed—and does. While the film adheres to the utmost basics of story structure and formula, it never does so at the expense of a quick gag, and is mostly an excuse to engage its immensely likable cast in a series of outrageous situations highlighting one of two things (and frequently both): time travel, and the ’80s. Oh, and drugs, too.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as Theatrical Promotional Spots (“Production: Acting Like Idiots”, “Chevy Chase: The Nicest Guy in Hollywood”, “Totally Radical Outfits: Dayna Pink”, “Crispin Glover: One Armed Bellhop”), and a digital copy of the film.

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