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‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ throws sci-fi out for comedy

“Hot Tub Time Machine” is, at its core, a silly, sophomoric romp that shouldn’t be too closely examined.

The movie tells the tale of four friends – three 40-year-old bosom buddies and a 20-year-old nephew of one of the characters – who are sent back to the 80s after an energy drink is spilled on a unique temperature-control device in their hotel room’s hot tub.

The story is more about a zany adventure shared by three characters who want to correct all the mistakes that they made in the past and one character – the kid – who just wants to go back home. Thrown into the mix are the characters’ past girlfriends, and a mysterious time machine repairman who doesn’t get enough screen time to really seem significant.