Here’s the pickle when it comes to time traveling (in movies, or in literature, or hey, even in real life, if you’ve somehow managed to invent it on your own): everything effects everything. Yeah, yeah, it’s a basic concept, but it’s one that sometimes gets lost in the confusing shuffle that can be a time travel-centric feature.
So you’d think that Steve Pink’s Hot Tub Time Machine, a comedy, wouldn’t be too worried about the real repercussions of what unfolded during all its mirth and madness. Isn’t it kind of nice that hasn’t proven to be true? See, at the end of 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine, the dudes made it back to the present, pleased to discover that the knowledge that they took back there had made their futures (uh, presents? see, it’s complicated) so much brighter. Rob Corddry’s Lou had made that big-time Internet money, John Cusack’s Adam was married to his beloved April (Lizzy Caplan), and Craig Robinson’s Nick was a successful singer (thanks to his stealing, sort of, of that Black Eyed Peas hit). Clark Duke was also there. Things were great! But if what you do in the past can change the present, what does that mean for the future?
This is all just a long way of saying that Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is set in the future and that Pink’s sequel has found both the most obvious and the very best way to tackle a new story in a world where time traveling can happen if you slip inside the right kind of hot tub.
The film’s first trailer just debuted at Comic-Con, and it looks like we’re in for another treat with this one. Check it out:
Oh, yeah, and Cusack isn’t here. But Adam Scott is! As John Cusack’s character. See? Time travel, it’s insane.
The next movie in the apparent franchise sees the dudes heading to the future — see, it’s where they need to go, which the hot tub somehow ascertains by itself — to stop Lou’s murder in the present. Who killed him? And why? And how is that person also from the future? Is the hot tub okay? Did someone in the future steal the hot tub? It’s these kind of questions that will keep anyone up late at night, but perhaps the amusing nature of Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will lessen those worries.
Robinson and Corddry sing a nerd song, you guys! And that looks like it’s just a two-minute bit in the middle of a whole mess of laughs. The future looks bright.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will open on December 25.
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