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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review

Check out our review of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the sequel to the 2010 surprise comedy hit. Did it live up to the original or fall prey to the sophomore jinx?

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Paramount - 2015
MPAA Rating: R, Unrated
Feature running time: 93 minutes / 99 minutes Unrated cut
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clarke Duke, Adam Scott and Chevy Chase
Directed by: Josh Heald
Written by: Steve Pink
Music by: Christopher Beck
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: May 19th, 2015

"Hotter and Wetter"

My Take:

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be hence forth known as HTTM2. Or just to let the cat out of the bag, it can also be known as Supreme Letdown 2 or Totally Inferior to the Original Part Deux.

In HTTM2 we find Lou (Rob Corddry) to be a rock star and founder of "Lougle", Nick (Craig Robinson) making his millions stealing other musicians ideas, Lou's son Jacob (Clark Duke) still being himself, and Adam (John Cusack)...oh wait, Cusack was smart enough not to reprise his role here. Instead of Adam we are treated to Adam Scott (that was sarcasm as Adam Scott really gets under my skin) as Adam Jr. We meet Adam Jr. when the boys fire up the Hot Tub and accidentally end up in the future when hey were trying to go back in time to save Lou and find out who shot him at a big bash in the films beginning. I wish I could say I wont talk more about the plot as to not throw any potential spoilers your way, but that really is the whole plot.

HTTM2 is then a bunch of bush league gags that are very hit or miss, woven into this lackluster story and rather uninspired screenplay. Don't get me wrong, there are a few laugh out loud moments here, but it just doesn't have what the original had going for it. The Original had its 80s nostalgia angle which gave it a springboard for its comedy, and the actors got to shine with some funny moments playing on those themes. Here all we have is the original, minus its biggest star as a springboard. It never has anything to grab onto to give the comedy a purpose besides a few too many dick jokes. It's a shame as Coddry and Robinson sure are capable of leading a film, but to do so a decent screenplay is needed.

PS there is John Cusack cameo in the Unrated Version.

Parental Guide:

Rated R and Unrated for crude sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, drug use and some violence

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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HTTM2 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1.78:1 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24.8 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.

HTTM2 looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, so if you are forced into, or just morbidly curious to see this, at least you have that going for you. The picture is dense with colors, fine details and great black levels. Never did I notice any real negative factor besides some OK CGI and possible production choices. The 5.1 audio mix is rockin' with some clean booming bass, and a dynamically mixed soundtrack that utilizes the surround channels for a full and rich sound. I really enjoyed this ones audio track and it was the saving grace for me getting through the whole movie.

Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Steve Pink and Writer Josh Heald
  • (HD)The Cinematic Palette: The Cinematography of Mr. Turner
  • (HD)Making Of
  • (HD)The Future as seen from the Tub
  • (HD)You're in the Hot Tub now!
  • (HD)Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • (HD)Bloopers and General f$% up's from the cast
  • (HD)DVD Copy
  • (HD)Ultraviolet Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Fans of Hot Tub Time Machine will be let down with this obviously inferior sequel. Missing is the spark that made the first film work and this is due to a really lame screenplay. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 looks and sounds amazing, but is that enough to watch it? I didn't think so.

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Why are such bad movies given such a royal technical treatment?..I'll pass on this one, thanks Lee.
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Did this thing even come out in theaters or was it a direct to video release? I don't remember it coming out and I liked the first one. It must have tanked pretty badly at the box office.
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I actually enjoyed this. Sure it's not as great as the original, but it made me laugh and that's all I expected from it. I found the killer smart cars great!
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Agree completely with Lee's review. There are some funny moments, but nothing like the original. Glad it was just a rental and not a purchase.
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Redbox let me rent the disc for free. I still felt I was overcharged.
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