Hot Tub Time Ma­chine 2 (15)

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

Di­rec­tor Steve Pink and three of his four leads – mi­nus John Cu­sack – re­turn for a dis­ap­point­ing se­quel to the 2010 hit.

Bud­dies Rob Corddry, Craig Robin­son and Clark Duke strug­gle with the un­nec­es­sar­ily con­fus­ing al­ter­nate timeline chat writer Josh Heald sad­dles them with.

The fo­cus is on a bor­ing who­dun­nit – more of a who­cares – over the ban­ter and sim­plis­tic sce­nar­ios of the first flick for a darker, more caus­tic tone.

Once again, the best laughs come cour­tesy of com­pletely ran­dom se­quences and im­pro­vised slag­ging matches be­tween the co-leads.

Alas, though, this is a luke­warm, less en­dear­ing fol­low-up that makes you hope a re­turn spin isn’t in the off­ing.

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