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“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” Reviewed

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Hot Tub time Machine 2

Five years after “Hot Tub Time Machine” took us back to the 1980s, a lot has happened: Mostly, three The Hangover movies, where the big concept, a missing day, morphs into a missing ten years, as Nick (Craig Robinson) and buddy Lou (Rob Corddry) along with Lou’s long suffering son (Clark Jacob) go back to the future to stop Lou’s murder. There they meet original Hot Tub buddy Adam’s son (Adam Scott) and they all go off in search of a happy ending called “Hot Tub Time Machine 2”.

Consider HTTM2 a B movie’s B Movie, a lame way to kill a coupla hours, eat a coupla dogs, check your email, in dark and peace and quiet. There was only one other person at the movie house and he seemed to enjoy it. I did, intermittently. There is a smart car out to kill Lou that is kind fun, some really cute chicks, some action, most of it a little hard to follow, though, really who is trying too hard.

The future looks a lot like the present but what else is new, right? And what is different, like selfies and social media, look different in the right way. But it is all a little sleepy and smart time but in a good way, it doesn’t matter too much one way or the other but it is fun enough.

I had hoped (and faked out by the coming attractions), that the foursome would be jumping from one era to another, an altogether romp through time, more “Time Travellers” than Back To The Future Meets The Hangover. but no such look, though the ending showed a promise (the movie stiffed so unless Netflix feel like taking a chance I guess it will never happen) but still, mindless entertainment never goes out of fashion and there are worst ways to kill a Sunday afternoon.

Grade: C+

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