HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2 (15)
D: Steve Pink
Paramount/MGM (Andrew Panay)
W: Josh Heald
DP: Declan Quinn
Ed: Jamie Gross
Mus: Christophe Beck
Rob Corddry (Lou Dorchen), Craig Robinson (Nick Webber), Clark Duke (Jacob Dorchen), Adam Scott (Adam Yates Stedmeyer), Chevy Chase (Hot Tub Repairman), Gillian Jacobs (Jill), Collette Wolfe (Kelly Dorchen)
It's never a good sign when a lead actor declines from appearing in a sequel, as John Cusack has done here, but, in all fairness, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is far from a terrible sequel.
Of course, it's very silly and makes little-to-no sense, but neither did the first film, which still managed to be a huge amount of fun.
The plot this time sees the gang (minus Adam) travel into the future so they can solve the mystery of who shot Lou at a party, and get help from Adam's son.
The best gags are in the opening act, but the film gets more and more ridiculous as it goes on, even for a film about a hot tub time machine.
The humour in this is a little more mean-spirited than the first film and it does feel a little too cash-grabby. Perhaps Cusack was wise to steer clear.