This movie is not meant to be taken seriously. This movie is not supposed to be taken seriously. This movie is supposed to be dumb, vulgar, ridiculous, offensive, crazy and funny. And I liked it. Now don't get me wrong, it's not a great movie. It is funny and I found myself laughing out loud much more than I thought I would.
The movie is about three guys who used to be friends but for several reasons have drifted apart. Lou (Rob Corddry) winds up in the hospital and Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) get called to come pick him up. The guys decide to give their friendship another shot and so they decide to head to a ski resort that they used to frequent back in the 1980's. Along for the ride is Jacob (Clark Duke), he is Adam's nephew.
As they pull into the town it's clear that it's not the happening place it once was. Now it's run down, businesses are closed but the ski lodge still exists. The guys decide to give it a shot and actually end up staying in their old room, number 420. We soon find out that plenty of drugs were done in that room besides marijuana. When they go onto the deck, you guessed it, there's a hot tub that soon becomes a time machine thanks to some Russian red bull. And just like that it's 1986.
We find out that Lou was a loser then just like he is in the present. Adam is the guy who let the perfect girl get away and Nick was an aspiring musical artist who gave up on his dreams to get the girl of his. Jacob hasn't been born yet but he does run into his mom. There is also an appearance by William Zabka (Johnny from the Karate Kid....sweep the leg Jonny!) and it's probably the most uncomfortable scene in the movie. It's funny but not for those who are easily offended. Let's be honest, this movie isn't for those who are easily offended.
The movie doesn't take us on an emotional journey. There isn't some great big moral lesson to learn from it. Well maybe the the moral of the story is that the F word can be used in many, many, many different ways. Trust me, I'm cool with that.
Rob Corddry stole the show. In fact, if he wasn't in the movie I don't think I would have liked it all that much. He was my favorite Daily Show correspondent and he was my favorite hot tubber. On the flip side, Chevy Chase let me down. I don't know if his role was just poorly written (he is the maintenance man charged with fixing the 1986 hot tub) or if it was just his schtick not living up to it's reputation.
If you go to see this movie, go into it with low expectations and you will be presently surprised. Just go wanting to laugh and you will.