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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.

Dialog

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Ella

Ella

Devan

Devan

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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Discussion

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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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Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Ohhh certainly! I love 80's and I would do anything to back this time! I'd like to meet some old friends and do some things that I have let to do in that era hehe :P

11:26 PM Jun 04 2010 |

oksana35

Ukraine

This movie sounds like a lot of fun to watch. And I would like to see it soon. In 1986 I was 12 years old and it was not good time for Ukraine. That year it was the explosion at Chernobyl Power Station in April, 26. So I would never to return to that era. If only I could fix that problem like in the movie.  

08:18 PM May 10 2010 |

MoD

MoD

United Arab Emirates

wonder how life we be if the 80's is still alive :3

08:14 AM May 09 2010 |

MoD

MoD

United Arab Emirates

wonder how life we be if the 80's is still alive :3

08:13 AM May 09 2010 |

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China

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09:17 AM May 08 2010 |

Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

In 1986 I just went to school. So I don't really want to relive that era. I would rather visit hippie's time.

07:13 PM May 07 2010 |

招致名

招致名

China

what about it if the time mechin is not only for time but for transfering to different parts of the whole world. wow that's gonna be THRILL Cool

i like to experience the 5000years of our great oriental historical past!!!

I like to tie up my hairs and wearing that kind of elegant costumes hehe wow that's would be GREET!!!!Wink

05:02 AM May 07 2010 |

Olga_Alina

Germany

No, no way. The chlothes were terrible und computers were slowly, huge and not really usefull.

08:55 PM May 06 2010 |

natla1

Poland

86 I was 1 year old:) Ofcourse I want to go back to that era… even that my country wasn't at good condition. people didn't have a job and in shops weren't obviosly things …like toalet paper …

11:16 PM May 05 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

i would like to go back to the hippie's era

10:07 PM May 05 2010 |

euden-d

Bhutan

I was in high school. I would never like to return to that era!

09:06 PM May 05 2010 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

80's…good times!!

08:02 PM May 05 2010 |

Steven_etc

Steven_etc

Peru

In that year my first half was inside my mon and the other, inside my dad. In my country those years were really sad. Lots of people died here because of terrorism… but I still think it would be interesting to go back to that era.

05:58 PM May 05 2010 |

swd

swd

Thailand

in 1986

i wasn't born yet…

but i think if i can go to the past

my life gonna be jumbled!

04:44 PM May 05 2010 |

mionfabian

mionfabian

Brazil

1986…. hunnn…. let me see…

I was completing 1 year old and seeing my sirter to born.

Of course I don't remember that, so I can't take a trip down memory lane.

But, in some aspects that era is better than this one…

But in the most, I like to live nowadays….       :)

04:41 PM May 05 2010 |

Ahshan

Ahshan

China

time machine is a mistory stuff i am sure! something like this kindda happened to chinese flick factory!

09:30 AM May 05 2010 |

nonstop07

nonstop07

Turkey

sometimes i miss the pass. althuough we have got lots of communication equipment , our relationship to get weak. sincerity of eachother are not well like at past.

08:23 AM May 05 2010 |

jinxiangyu35

China

i was about 11years old at the time and probaly was thinking hard on how to go into 2010

05:51 AM May 05 2010 |

new_moon_cat

Brazil

My, my… =) Back in 1986 I was a rather nerdy highschool student

trying hard to fit in… And I wore a ridiculous hairstyle as well as

those equally ridiculous colorful clothes… Nope, I don't really miss

the 80's. =P They now seem fun to me only because they are (thank God)

gone and because they witnessed a lot of funny fads!... But I've become

curious about the movie! I am all but sure that trip down memory lane

is going to make me laugh my ass off!! XD

02:18 AM May 05 2010 |

new_moon_cat

Brazil

My, my… =) Back in 1986 I was a rather nerdy highschool student

trying hard to fit in… And I wore a ridiculous hairstyle as well as

those equally ridiculous colorful clothes… Yep, I don't really miss

the 80's. =P They now seem fun to me only because they are (thank God)

gone and because they witnessed a lot of funny fads!... But I've become

curious about the movie! I am all but sure that trip down memory lane

is going to make me laugh my ass off!! XD

02:11 AM May 05 2010 |

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