New on DVD and playing on Comcast On Demand right now is the gloriously dopey and raunchy comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry, who truly makes his comic mark with this film. It’s about four dudes who get blitzed in their hot tub and wake up back in the 1980s with a chance to relive their young adult years and change their lives for the better – completely violating the prime directive of trying not to alter the timeline with gleeful abandon.
To celebrate its availability to home viewers – and be honest, you know you’d like to indulge your curiosity about this bit of goofy genius in the privacy of your own home – I fired off five questions to Mr. Corddry, a Daily Show alum with a new crazy Adult Swim show called Children’s Hospital premiering on July 11, which he describes as “pretty insane” and “bridging the gap between farcical Adult Swim humor and normal stories. So there is the illusion of character development but not too much that you forget what you’re watching.”
1. This movie is so much you – you’re the driving engine of the whole story and much of the comedy. How does it feel to play, as John Cusack’s character calls you, “the patron saint of the totally f**ked?”
Rob Corddry: Yeah, that was a pretty brilliant line. That was all Cusack too. He just came up with that. It’s very Cusack too. Lloyd Dobler would say that 20 years after Say Anything. He’s pretty poetic. It’s not hard, I guess, to play the patron saint of the totally f**ked. It’s pretty easy.
2. What is the funniest part of the film for you?
Rob Corddry: I think, for my money, it’s Craig Robinson calling his wife, his 9-year-old wife and calling her a whore. That’s just solid writing.
3. The standard question – if you could go back in time and change something about your own life, what would it be?
Rob Corddry: I think I would just give myself a big hug and be like, “It’s gonna be okay. Stop writing in your journals because they’re not helping. Just get it together. You’re not going to be a poet.”
4. The “unrated” version is On Demand now – do you know what they’ve added in?
Rob Corddry: Yeah, they probably let any scene with boobies in it play out a little bit longer. Isn’t that always the way? In my philosophy, if it was cut, it was cut for a reason. I can’t wait for this whole unrated DVD trend to go away, but it doesn’t look like it is. I see no signs of this marketing scheme subsiding. I do like DVDs that f**k with it. Like Sex Drive for instance, Clark’s movie – which was really good, if you haven’t seen it. It was a very unsung movie. It was very funny. Basically, they just inserted naked ladies – green screen naked ladies in scenes. You’d be watching a scene and then a bunch of tits come out and then they walk away. And it kind of looks good, but really it looks like an effect. It looks like they were placed there, kind of cheap, like they didn’t spend a lot of money on those effects.
5. What would you say is the important life lesson we all should learn from Hot Tub Time Machine?
Rob Corddry: I know it’s a raunchy sex comedy, but really our message was ‘Go for the gold.’ And, you know, take your vitamins.