John Cusack stoops to Dude, Where's My Car level with Hot Tub Time Machine
Weren't the 1980s just the best? Reaganomics, HIV, Alf and the ascent of actor John Cusack — no wonder there's so much nostalgia surrounding the decade.
Along with a resurgence of such hot '80s trends as economic turmoil, cocaine and acid wash jeans, we're witnessing a renaissance for Cusack. The star, who got his start in dramedy the likes of Sixteen Candles, One Crazy Summer and Better Off Dead — and may have peaked with Say Anything — makes a splash today in the premiere of the time-travel caper, Hot Tub Time Machine which propels him straight back to his John Hughes-era glory years.
The movie, which capitalizes on flashbacks to that decadent decade, recruited Cusack because he is in and of himself an 1980s throwback. After High Fidelity the actor faced a downward spiral that hit rockbottom with romcoms like Serendipity and Must Love Dogs.
When asked by The New York Times what compelled him to participate in his latest film flop, he intelligently responded, "It was the dumbest title I had ever heard," adding, "The idea was a mixture of really dumb with very, very smart and postmodern."
The premise of Hot Tub Time Machine is four 40-something best buds are popped back into 1986 after a disastrous night of partying in a magical hot tub. The brilliance lies in the culture clash the characters endure.
When considering how to financially capitalize on their predicament, actor Rob Corddry proposes, "We could combine Viagra with Twitter! 'Twittagra!'"
The recent stream of B-list meathead movies along the lines of The Hangover and Wedding Crashers has likely even got this number beat in terms of cinematic quality — the overeager misogynist humor, paired with self-referential situations referring to Cusack's fall from glory, results in a fairly depressing flick premise.
We wish John all the best, but when it comes to picking roles, he might be Better Off Dead.