When Mr Joolz rang me to say he'd won tickets to the preview screening of Hot Tub Time Machine, I can't say I was deliriously excited.
"What the hell is that?" I (may have) screeched down the phone.
He's a subscriber to 3RRR and (was quite possibly the only one who) rang up for the giveaway, it turns out.
However, with his mum staying with us at the moment, there's not really many opportunities for Date Night, so off we toddled to Melbourne Central, hand-in-hand. To say my expectations were low would be an understatement.
We were greeted upon arrival with bottles of James Boag's Premium Lager and glasses of Cockatoo Ridge Sparkling, which improved my mood no end, let me tell you. I sipped my drink, we people-watched, and the drinks staff hovered attentively, ensuring nobody was left standing with an empty glass. I observed to my beloved that they must have felt the need to get us liquored up because of the outrageous badness of the film we were about to watch. He agreed. And reached for another Boag's as the drinks tray floated by yet again.
And so, I must say, there's a good chance that my following observations may be adversely affected by said bubbly. I had a good time! I laughed out loud not once, but several times! Who knows if this would have happened if I hadn't supped on three glasses of Cockatoo Ridge before wandering into the cinema. There certainly were a few chuckles rippling through the audience, but I'm not sure we could be considered an impartial group, what with all that booze flowing.Its a "boys weekend that goes wrong" film: a group of best mates (John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke) that have grown up, grown apart, and the aforementioned hot tub gives them a chance to right some of the wrongs, sort out their past mistakes, etc. There's also a weird squirrel that makes an appearance a couple of times that I really don't think they needed. Hell, there was already a time-machine hot tub, right?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that to the totally sober person its probably awful - simply that there are no big surprises, and the laughs are all pretty basic. You won't be challenged, you won't be given any intellectual or moral conundrums, but you might just get a giggle out of it. If good old basic comedy is your thing, then I reckon you'll probably enjoy it. Personally? I love a good laugh.