'Hot Tub Time Machine': great cast, intriguing title, no substance
We have reached a tipping point with high concept films, and we're not happy about it.
There was a time when a high concept was only half the battle. You still had to execute it competently. You still had to deliver on that concept. You still needed a script that worked, and you needed to give a cast something to do. Based on the evidence of this film, that is no longer true. In today's winky-winky post-modern world, once you've got a title, you don't have to do anything else. Just slap a poster together, throw in some funny people, and it's Miller time ... right?