“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” should have been both a flop and a disaster, but it ended up being neither. Based on a simple conceit spelled out in the title, and with a very no-stars-lead cast, “Hot Tub Time Machine 2” should have been as throw away as it sounds, but Steve Pink’s movie turned out to be quite the endearing, funny and bawdy little comedy.
For the sequel, thespian John Cusack has not returned, perhaps too busy starring in recent classics like “Drive Hard,” “The Bag Man,” “The Prince” and “Reclaim.” But the original cast of Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase, are back this time joined by Adam Scott, Gillian Jacob, Thomas Lennon, Christian Slater, Collette Wolfe and “Mad Men” star Jessica Paré who, how shall we put it, elevated her game in the original. Here’s the all-important synopsis:
When Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. (Adam Scott). Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past… which is really the present, in the sequel from the same team that brought you the original cult hit.
“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” is in theaters next week on February 20th. Here’s a new poster, twenty new photos, and a bunch of TV spots and clips from the film including (some of them NSFW) one that details actress Jessica Williams as the next “Daily Show” host for the future.