A time travel classic is big on streaming

Hot Tub Time Machine is currently in the top ten on HBO Max.

By Douglas Helm | Published

If you’re in the mood for a time-travel comedy, HBO Max has you covered. The underrated cult classic of 2010 Hot Tub Time Machine is on the platform right now and subscribers are loving it. It’s currently in HBO Max’s top ten for the week.

Hot Tub Time Machine is a solid comedy with wacky sci-fi and a hugely likable cast. The film follows a man, his friends and his nephew who are sent back to 1986 by a malfunctioning hot tub at a ski resort. To ensure that the nephew will be born, they must make sure to relive a fateful night without changing anything.

Hot Tub Time Machine brings together a stacked cast of comedic talent that includes John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Sebastian Stan, Lindsay Fonseca, Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase and Lizzy Caplan. Steve Pink, who previously directed Cusack in films such as Gross Pointe Blank and High accuracy, is in the director’s chair. The script was written by Josh Heald, Sean Anders and John Morris.

While Hot Tub Time Machine not critical dear by any means, many people found the comedy enjoyable. It holds a 64% from critics and a 56% from 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’re into wacky comedies from the late 2000s, this should be right up your alley.

Hot Tub Time Machine also managed to do quite well at the box office, earning $50.2 million domestically and $14.4 million overseas for a total of $64.7 million. With a budget of $36 million, it was definitely enough for the studios to greenlight a sequel. Hot Tub Time Machine 2however, it did not do as well as its predecessor.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 can definitely be considered a box office failure as the film only brought in $13 million worldwide against a $14 million budget. The Rotten Tomatoes score shows it’s pretty hard to recommend, with 14% from critics and 26% from audiences. While Pink returns as director and much of the cast returns, the missing element of John Cusack’s character may have contributed to the film’s failure.

Although it seems unlikely we’ll ever get one Hot Tub Time Machine 3 after such a bust, the original still holds up well. It’s disappointing that they didn’t get to do it twice, but sometimes a franchise just isn’t in the cards for every movie out there. If they ever decide to do a threequel, they should definitely bring Cusack back for another round.

Although John Cusack made a cameo appearance in the unrated home release of Hot Tub Time Machine 2, it’s definitely not the same as him being the main character. Since then, Cusack has been quite busy. His last project was a film called Pursuit who partnered Emil Hirsch.

Unfortunately, Pursuit was described even worse than Hot Tub Time Machine 2, with an 11% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s hoping his next project does better. Cusack will next star in the comedy thriller My only sunshine about a pair of bank robbers who plan a heist to help finance their divorce.

Perhaps My only sunshine will be more than a winner for Cusack as he returns to a more comedic role. No release date yet for My only sunshine, but JK Simmons is set to star and Mark Palanski will direct. The script was written by JT Petty and Kate Petty.

The rest of Hot Tub Time Machine the main cast was also quite busy. Craig Robinson recently starred in his own Peacock TV series Killing It. Rob Corddry has an upcoming film called The donor party set to premiere in 2023, starring Malin Akerman, Erin Hayes, Bria Henderson and more. Clark Duke was most recently in the Netflix animated series Internal work which also featured the voice talents of Lizzie Kaplan, Christian Slater, Tisha Campbell, Andy Daly, Brett Gelman, Chris Diamantopoulos, John DiMaggio and Bobby Lee.

If you’re in the mood for a fun comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Hot Tub Time Machine definitely worth watching. It probably won’t blow your mind, but it could be a nice way to end the weekend. You can stream it now on HBO Max or Hulu.

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