Originally titled Bathtub Time Machine, this week's major DVD release was intended to teach kids about having fun while keeping clean, and featured several history-based games kids could play in the tub. Then, at the last minute, it was turned into a raunchy sex comedy.
After three weeks at the number-one spot at the box office, Tim Burton's dystopic Alice in Wonderland has finally slipped a notch, making only $17 million to How to Train Your Dragon's $43 million. While Dragon is clearly the kiddies' flavor of the week, Alice is still a box office bonanza, with a domestic tally of $293 million and a worldwide total of $656 million, making it one of the top 40 moneymakers of all time. Speaking of movies about guys who ride dragons and movies that made a lot of money, No.1 movie of all time Avatar has finally dropped out of the Top Ten, having made $2.7 billion worldwide. That should do it for now, right? [Well, at least until they re-release it with bonus scenes. -- Angel]
Hot Tub Time Machine is just one of those movies that's difficult to review. Is it "good" by any kind of objective, critical theory-type film standard? Of course not, and it doesn't aim to be. It's absurd, the time travel doesn't make sense, the "happy" ending is actually really horrifying when you look at it at all closely, there's a lengthy scene involving a room full of people thinking the Black Eyed Peas are awesome -- a lot of it doesn't add up. But this movie's plot is really just a conceit to allow for numerous jokes about the '80s, and to facilitate a rapid succession of one-liners from a bunch of very funny comedians (Rob Corddry in particular is always funny, but he really shines in this movie -- I don't consider Hot Tub Time Machine "the next Hangover" as so many are claiming, but it is definitely his Hangover, in a Zach Galifianakis kind of way, if that makes sense).