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|Originaltitel:||Hot Tub Time Machine 2|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 94 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The whirlpool is getting started again, because the chaotic troop from the surprise success of 2010 is back! After their trip back to the 80s, especially Nick (Craig Robinson) and Lou (Rob Corddry) brought wealth and fame, they now have to travel to the future together with Lou's son Jacob (Clark Duke). Because somebody shot Lou at a party and the key to the crime seems to be in 2025. There they want to find their old buddy Adam again, who should help them to prevent the murder. But instead of Adam, his son Adam Jr. (Adam Scott) is following their heels and together the quartet experiences a crazy trip, during which it becomes clear once again that you shouldn't make fun of time...
"Hot Tub Time Machine 2" brings most of the team from part 1 back in front of and behind the camera. Steve Pink has again taken over the direction and with the exception of John Cusack, the other main actors are also involved again. Even Chevy Chase got persuaded for a mini guest appearance. The prerequisites for making this sequel a lot of fun are actually very good, despite John Cusack's absence. Admittedly, Part 1 was not necessarily a particularly subtle, profound comedy with subtle humour. The film often relied on obscenities and deeper sex jokes. But the charming game with the 80's nostalgia, some nice Runnig gags and a nice romance made this time travel fun worth seeing despite a certain foreign shame factor.
Leider lacks the second bath in the time travel whirlpool all what still worked with the predecessor. Every second word seems to deal with male genitalia and/or their possible uses, which in the long run is simply not funny, but boring and annoying. Moreover, the figures were robbed of any sympathy value. Especially Lou, who was already a little disgust in the first part, is now completely unbearable. Nick and Jacob are also only shadows of themselves and are therefore completely uninteresting as figures. And finally Adam Scott, who was hired as a replacement for John Cusack, remains so pale that one has actually already forgotten him while watching the movie.
With flat gags and unappealing characters "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" only has a few trumps left to prevent a complete drowning out. But unfortunately Steve Pink misses the most opportunities to play them. In his version of the year 2025 you can see some quite successful and even subtle ideas. And actually, they can also generate one or two good laughs, so that the movie is really fun at some points. But unfortunately every successful gag is rolled down by the next wave of infantile penis jokes, so that every laughter that comes up only ends in a tired smile.
Who likes dirty US comedies, in which the story doesn't play an important role and in which the laughs are mainly aimed at the lower body regions, for him a bath in the "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" might be pleasantly entertaining and amusing at the end. But those who hoped for the charm and originality of the first part in addition to the really embarrassing sex jokes in their overdose will wish for their own bathtub time machine to travel back in time with them to keep Steve Pink from staging this unnecessary and unfunny sequel. And therefore also applies: only with completely clear compromises for Zoten lovers still worth seeing!
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