But since this guy is writing it, it could be pretty funny. He reminisces about how the movie came to be, and it turns out that ties in big-time to growing up in the 1980s.
Excerpt: "Matt remarks that someone should remake Hot Dog. I mishear him, because of an air conditioner or someone walking by. I hear him say "Hot Tub." Call it divine intervention, call it what you will. Well of course my response is, “There’s a movie called Hot Tub? I would totally remake that.”
Now keep in mind that I have no authority to remake anything. And a movie called Hot Tub doesn’t even exist. But that’s all beside the point. I’m ready to remake this! This bodes well.
Matt tells me, “No, Hot Dog,” and I get a little bummed, because I remember when I was a little fat kid in the '80s and saw the title, Hot Dog, I really wanted the movie to be about hot dogs. I also got burned by Hamburger...The Motion Picture.
But still, I saw where Matt was coming from. A ski comedy. But how to do it in a not-lame fashion? I didn’t want to write a spoof. I wanted to write a movie that would allow real characters to live within the reality that only exists at a 1980s ski resort.
The other question was what decade to set it in. Writing a ski movie with '80s leads is invariably going to end up going down a schlocky road. But writing a ski movie set in the present day wouldn’t afford the same type of comedy without being inauthentic to the era. I was at a crossroads.
If only there was a way to set it in both times. Some sort of time machine. A Hot Tub Time Machine."
Oh, those 1980s ski schlock comedies, spoofed so well by "South Park" in the "DARSH!" episode. (That's not its real name, but that's how I remember it.) Also, I think Rob's best friend Todd was in Hamburger the Movie, and I always think he was in Hot Dog. Or maybe he was in Hot Dog, and I always think he was in Meatballs. Whatever. He was in some 1980s food-titled movie.
My point, and I do have one was...I dunno. Ski comedies? 1980s schlock? "Hot Tub Time Machine"? Discuss amongst yourselves!