John Cusack is an actor I've been a long time fan of. His 1984 coming-of-age film The Sure Thing was, for years, my favorite movie, and I still maintain it's easily the best of the rash of 80's "young-man-needs-to-get-laid" flicks. Since then, he's appeared in a lot of great flicks, ranging from a border line cameo in Stand By Me to starring roles in gems like Say Anything..., Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity and Being John Malkhovich. However, in recent years, he's hit a cool streak with a lot of lousy movies, so when I heard he was doing a film called Hot Tub Time Machine I couldn't help but think as he hits his mid-forties, it might be over for John Cusack.
Then I saw the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine and thought it actually looked pretty good! The director of the film, Steve Pink, was the producer on previous Cusack flicks Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity and adding further cred, he made his acting debut in The Sure Thing! Check out the trailer; am I crazy or does this actually look good? Looks like a breakout role for Rob Corddry who really deserves to bust out. (Corddry, by the way, was actually hilarious in the movie What Happens in Vegas, which I reluctantly watched on a flight back from L.A. after a being urged to do so by Movie Night host Johnny Hockin, and was amazed to discover it was a pretty decent comedy.) Corddry looks foul and funny in this and could be delivering the hilarious role that will break him out of secondary roles in comedies and give him a chance to take his career to the next level.
Check it out below: