'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' review: Don't get soaked

February 20, 2015 6:17 PM

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It’s easy to see why John Cusack took a flyer on the new D.O.A. sequel, Hot Tub Time Machine 2. It’s a comedy that’s so witless and unfunny and shoddily made it makes The Hangover 2 look like The Godfather 2. The 2010 original, which was pretty threadbare to begin with, at least had the nudge-in-the-ribs pleasure of seeing Cusack warp back to the decade and genre he got his start in via a mystical Jacuzzi. Without him, though, the whole enterprise pretty much goes up in smoke. It has no reason to exist other than as a shameless cash grab.

Making matters worse is that in Cusack’s absence, Rob Corddry has been promoted to leading man. I don’t mean to completely write Corddry off as a comedian or an actor–I’ve liked him on occasion. But a little goes a long way for me. And he’s such a bitter shot glass of bile in this movie I had an alm...

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