Hot Tub Time Machine is currently in the top 10 on HBO Max.
By Douglas Helm | Published
If you’re craving a time-traveling comedy, HBO Max has you covered. The underrated cult classic of 2010 Time travelling machine is on the platform right now and followers are loving it. Currently, it is in HBO Max’s top 10 of the week.
Time travelling machine is a solid comedy with a goofy sci-fi premise and an extremely likeable cast. The film follows a man, his friends and his nephew who are sent back to 1986 via a malfunctioning hot tub at a ski resort. To ensure the birth of the nephew, they must make sure to relive a fateful night without changing anything.
Time travelling machine brings together a stacked cast of comedic talent, which includes John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Sebastian Stan, Lyndsy Fonseca, Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase and Lizzy Caplan. Steve Pink, who previously directed Cusack in films like Gros Pointe Virgin and High fidelity, is in the director’s chair. The screenplay was written by Josh Heald, Sean Anders and John Morris.
Whereas Time travelling machine is by no means a critical darling, many people found the comedy enjoyable. It holds 64% of critics and 56% of audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s not necessarily a red flag to avoid the film. As with many comedies, your results may vary, but if you like goofy comedies from the late 2000s, this should be right up your alley.
Time travelling machine also managed to do quite well at the box office, grossing $50.2 million domestically and $14.4 million overseas for a total gross of $64.7 million. With a budget of $36 million, it was certainly enough for studios to greenlight a sequel. time machine 2however, did not perform as well as its predecessor.
time machine 2 can certainly be considered a box office failure, as the film only grossed $13 million worldwide against a budget of $14 million. The Rotten Tomatoes score shows it’s pretty hard to recommend, with 14% from critics and 26% from audiences. While Pink returned to direct and much of the cast returned, the missing element of John Cusack’s character may have contributed to the film’s failure.
Although it seems unlikely that we will ever get a time machine 3 after a bust like that, the original still holds up well. It’s disappointing that they couldn’t pull it off twice, but sometimes a franchise just isn’t in the cards for every movie. If they decide to go for a threesome, they should definitely bring Cusack back for another round.
Although John Cusack appeared as a cameo in the unrated home release of time machine 2, it’s certainly not the same as having him as the main character. Cusack has remained fairly busy since then. His last project was a film called Pursuit who co-starred with Emile Hirsch.
Unfortunately, Pursuit got beat up even worse than time machine 2, with 11% reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Hopefully his next project will go better. Cusack is set to star in the comedy thriller next My only ray of sunshine about a pair of bank robbers who plan a heist to help fund their divorce.
Maybe My only ray of sunshine will be more of a winner for Cusack as he returns to a more comedic role. There is no release date yet for My only ray of sunshine, but JK Simmons is set to co-star and Mark Palansky directs. The screenplay is written by JT Petty and Kate Petty.
The rest of the Time travelling machine The main cast also remained very busy. Craig Robinson recently starred in his own TV series Peacock To kill him. Rob Corddry has an upcoming movie titled The donor party set for release in 2023 starring Malin Akerman, Erinn Hayes, Bria Henderson, and more. Clark Duke was most recently in the Netflix animated series inner work which also included the voice talents of Lizzy Caplan, Christian Slater, Tisha Campbell, Andy Daly, Brett Gelman, Chris Diamantopoulos, John DiMaggio and Bobby Lee.
If you fancy a fun comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Time travelling machine definitely worth a visit. It probably won’t wow you, but it could be a nice way to end the weekend. You can stream it now on HBO Max or Hulu.