The next logical step after Steve Pink’s 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine sent four friends back into the past is, of course, a sequel that sends them into the future. In Hot Tub Time Machine 2 the cast returns (minus John Cusack, plus Adam Scott) to the hot tub once again after Lou (Rob Corddry), having used his knowledge of the future to restyle himself as the “Father of the Internet,” is shot by a mysterious gunman during a party.
Nick (Craig Robinson) has also exploited his trip back in time to make a career out of ripping off famous songs before the real artists had a chance to write them, while Jacob (Clark Duke) is living the life of a slacker thanks to being the heir to Lou’s internet empire. In the new trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, however, the friends are seen bouncing back and forth through decades and finding themselves in a multitude of different alternate realities.
The tone looks pretty similar to the self-conscious humor that made 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street such a success, and there’s even a scene in which Adam Scott’s character does psychotropic drugs and suffers from hallucinations that could end up being a little bit too close to 22 Jump Street. It also looks like there’ll be an abundance of boob, fart and dick jokes in various combinations.
While Hot Tub Time Machine was perhaps not the greatest comedy of 2010, it was better than many expected it to be and the sequel looks like more of the same. Pink returned as director for this sequel with Hot Tub Time Machine screenwriter Josh Heald once again taking on writing duties, though this time with help from Horrible Bosses 2 writers John Morris and Sean Anders.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 probably won’t appeal to everyone but it looks like it could be a fun diversion, especially in the relatively dry February release period. Fans of the original should definitely watch it since it has almost all of the same talent involved, but those who weren’t swept away by Hot Tub Time Machine can probably give it a miss.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 releases on February 20th, 2015.