The book was much better—funnier and more generous in spirit. My son Jack felt they made Greg to be too much of a jerk. "Why?" he asked. "Because they're Hollywood screenwriters," I told him.
Remember MGM Studios? Big, beautiful lion logo? Powerful roar? Well MGM just put out maybe their one movie so far this year. Hot Tub Time Machine is it. Meow.
If you're 8-12 years old, like me, you'll probably like this. Very good storytelling, terrific animation, and plenty of helpful hints for dealing with the dragons at your house.
Greta Gerwig is absolutely terrific, and Ben Stiller was brave to take the part of Greenberg, but some of you won't want to spend two hours with these characters. I did, but let's face it—"My name is Jim and I'm a movie-holic."
Quite a lot to like (Greg Kinnear, Miley Cyrus when she's angry in the script, most of the story as long as you're a romantic type). But what strikes me most is how films like this dramatize the divide between the so-called red- and blue-state mentalities. Reviewers (most living in the blues states) showed zero tolerance for the film's middle-American values. I think that's kind of a shame.