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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 ★★

Director: Steve Pink

Cast: Rob Corddrry, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott, Clark Duke

The cast are back again in this sequel minus John Cusack. This time the guys go back into the hot tub time machine when Lou is shot at his party to find out who the shooter is and stop them from killing him.  But they end up in what is essentially an alternate timeline in the near future.

Things have changed since the last film and have been re-written.  Lou (Rob Corddry) has invented Google and Nick (Craig Robinson) has ripped off loads of pop songs from the future and brought them out as his own.  Their fortunes have changed them so much that they have alienated those around them.

But however when they go into the future they find that things are very different from their own universe.  They meet the son of John Cusack’s character in the alternate universe in the future and find out how different things could be for them.

There are a few funny moments but this film fails to capture what made the original good.  The film mostly consists of penis jokes, parties and mishaps and making goofs of themselves.






The Duff ★★★

Director: Ari Sandel

Cast: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Annika Gordon, Bella Thorne, Nick Eversman, Bianca A. Santos, Ken Jeong, Allison Janney

This film is adapted by the novel of the same name by teen author, Kody Keplinger.

High school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) finds out that she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) in her circle of friends. Determined to change her image and win guitar player and crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), she goes to her neighbour Wesley Rush (Robbie Amell) to help give her a makeover and transform her.  During her transformation she finds confidence that she never knew she had.  It’s up to her to learn to appreciate herself for what she is

Mae Whitman gets her first lead role in this film.  Mae is great as the lead and brings a lot to the role and is very believable.  There is some brilliant chemistry between Whitman and Amell. Both also have good comedic timing.

The director gets all the aspects of high school right.  The characters struggle with real life situations that everybody as a teenager has perhaps been through.

This film is very reminiscent of “She’s All That” and many other teen films that have come out.  It’s a great comedy that’s also smart at the same time.

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