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Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine

Date: May 05 2010

Themes: Party

Grammar: Present Perfect Progressive


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1986 wasn’t all that long ago. But so much was different. We didn’t have cell phones, iPhones, email or Twitter. We didn’t even have English, baby! It’s hard to imagine how people ever communicated with one another back then, or why anyone would want to return to that era.

In the new comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, four guys spend one crazy night in a hot tub and wake up in 1986. They get a chance to relive the era of leg warmers and shoulder pads, and to try to fix all the problems in their current lives. Find out if Ella and Devan plan to take a trip down memory lane with Hot Tub Time Machine.


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Ella:  Hot Tub Time Machine, sounds like a party.

Devan:  I gotta say, I’m pretty excited. It’s gonna be fun to see John Cusack finally return to comedy as opposed to all these psychological thrillers he’s been doing. And I like that this movie is kind of like a shout out to his 80s flicks, you know?

Ella:  I know, it just seems so familiar. He’s just a little bigger and older, and it’s just like, oh, this seems right.

Devan:  Yeah. I heard that it has a lot of nods to Better Off Dead, his old movie and stuff.

Ella:  I think this is gonna be hilarious. The concept is just so out there that you know the jokes are just gonna be insane.

Devan:  Yeah, so what is the concept exactly? I loosely know, but…

Ella:  There are like four dudes or something hanging out in a hot tub, and all of a sudden they’re in 1986. So…

Devan:  And then they like get the chance to fix their lives, to like do it all over again?

Ella:  Something like that, you know. But I think the whole travel along the way will be the interesting part.


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Devan and Ella are both excited to see Hot Tub Time Machine. Devan thinks it looks like a perfect role for John Cusack, who is known for starring in lots of classic 80s comedies. Ella thinks it looks like a hilarious, wild movie similar to The Hangover.

The plot of the movie is pretty simple, and pretty silly. Four guys who are unhappy with their lives in 2010 get drunk in a hot tub and end up in 1986. Then they have a chance to turn their lives around and fix their past mistakes.

What were you doing in 1986? Would you ever want to return to that era?



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He has been sleeping all day.

01:54 AM May 05 2010 |



John Cusack, I like him so much! in 1986 I was about 6 years old little girl, had a fight in reading and writing lesson (just like my daughters right now) all I wanna say in this opportunity that my mom is the best mom in the world! but I don't wanna return to that era anymore..heheh

01:08 AM May 05 2010 |



Hong Kong

it’s so long …

01:05 AM May 05 2010 |

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