March 25th, 2010
12:59 PM ET
Basic hot tub safety calls for these precautions:
Thanks to John Cusack, you can add this tip:
That’s the set up for Cusack’s new comedy, “Hot Tub Time Machine” in which he and co-stars Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke play a quartet of underachievers in life and love. After a night of copious drinking at a ski lodge, they test out the hotel hot tub only to have the aforementioned energy beverage spill into the pump. That triggers a hot tub spin cycle that propels them magically back to 1986. “This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures”, according to the overheated press notes for the film.
Think “The Hangover” meets “Back to the Future.”
Cusack, who also produced the film, acknowledged the comparison during a CNN interview with the cast. He added comically, “Meets ‘Steel Magnolias’ meets ‘Rocky II.’” “It’s this year’s ‘Avatar,’” Robinson chimed in.
The film is rated “R” for “strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language” and the stars show off plenty of skin as they hop into and out of the whirlpool. “I’ve kind of completely gotten over being embarrassed about being naked on film,” Robinson told CNN.
It took three months for the special effects team to construct the film’s centerpiece prop. The hot tub came with a glass bottom to allow for lighting from below. And for the critical time travel sequence, a pump system was installed to spin the actors into the past, a swirling effect described in the press notes as a “giant toilet bowl that’s constantly flushing.”
While the characters’ lives may be going down the drain, in real life things have turned out well for Cusack. He became a star in the 1980s, thanks to “Sixteen Candles” and “Say Anything.” He doesn’t even look much different now, a phenomenon Cusack explains with one word: “Botox.”
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