YMMV / Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Jacob is running to find his companions. Suddenly he is dancing with a girl and asking if he can text her. The girl is never seen or mentioned again. However, she does show up in a deleted scene, in which she asks Jacob about his snowboard.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A screaming, obscene phone call to a nine-year-old girl becomes a character's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Blaine is a boorish Eagleland Jerk Jock who is always freaking out about how the protagonists are secret Russian spies in their midst. Fast forward to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where that's exactly what he is (or so it seems). And yes, you did just see that guy from The Daily Show beat the ever-loving shit out of the Winter Soldier.
    • In the scene parodying the Denver Broncos' game-winning drive in an AFC Championship game, Mark Jackson drops a pass due to a squirrel distracting him. In the 2011 National League Division series between the Philidelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals, play was temporarily halted because a squirrel ran onto the field. Cardinals fans gave it the nickname "Rally Squirrel" as their team went on to win the World Series that year.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Chevy Chase as the jacuzzi repairman. Appears four or five times throughout the movie, but never for more than a couple minutes before disappearing as suddenly as he came, and is easily one of the best parts.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jerkass ski patrol leader Blaine is Bucky Barnes.
  • Spiritual Licensee: In his review of the film, Moviebob called it a better remake of Back to the Future than any actual remake of Back to the Future could possibly be.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2:

  • Ear Worm: The nerd song.
  • Sequelitis: Compare the original film's modest 63% from critics and 56% from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes to the sequel's pathetic 14% from critics and 26% from audiences.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The post-credit skits of the gang traveling through different periods of time could have made for an interesting movie in its own right.

Alternative Title(s): Hot Tub Time Machine 2