Hot Tub Time Machine can be describedin one eternal question: “What happenedlast night?”
John Cusack, along with co-starsCraig Robinson, Rob Cordry and ClarkDuke make their return to the ’80s in this movie aboutfour out-of-the-ordinary friends in search of a goodtime in 2010 but fi nd it in 1986.
In the fi lm, the actors are experiencing differentmoments in life. Adam (played by Cusack) hasjust been dumped by his girlfriend. Lou (played byCordry) is the guy who loves to party but can neverfi nd one. Nick (played by Robinson) has been wrappedaround his wife’s controlling fi nger. And lastly, Jacob(played by Duke), the youngest, is the video-gameobsessed kid who never leaves his basement. In thequest to have some fun, they wind up in a ski resorthot tub.
In a 30-minute college conference call, ClarkDuke and Craig Robinson spoke to several studentsfrom more than 10 colleges to discuss their characters and the film.
“Fun!” Craig Robinson exclaimed when he hadread the movie’s title. When asked what audiencescan expect, Robinson added, “Laughter-seriouslaughter.”
But just because it’s a fun movie to watch, itdoesn’t mean the actors didn’t face real-life challenges.Duke revealed that some of the hardest acting hehad to do was wearing uncomfortable boots.
The four had great chemistry on and offset. Filmingin a remote section of Canada, they didn’t haveother people to hang out with so most of their timewas spent singing karaoke at a Japanese club and visitingrestaurants. “The fi rst seven days were fun andthe last seven days were like The Shining,” Robinsonjoked.
When asked about their co-stars, Duke disclosedthat several of the scenes cut from the fi lm were directlyaimed at Cusack’s movies from the ’80s andwere “trying to bring the trench coat back.”
Robinson laughed that it was unfair from the beginningbecause Cordry’s character, Lou, had no rules.
However, the four different comedic talents blendedso well that they were encouraged to improvise.
But don’t be fooled. Like other movies based oncharacters revisiting times of yore, Robinson ensuresthat this one is “way funnier.”
At the end of the fi lm shoot, Robinson declaredthat he loved hot tubs even more and enjoyed thepleasures of ordering room service from it. Duke washumbled by the experience of working with people hewatched growing up.
Duke assured that viewers will be entertained bysaying, “People are going to enjoy the ride.”