The Original Was Great
|A true comedy classic.|
A Sequel In Search of a Plot
he didn't want to take part, so they had to scramble and come up with a whole bunch of mediocre filler jokes and throw Adam Scott in as the son of Cusack's character, living in the future.
Ah yes, you see the plot--as much as one exists--is that Rob Corddry's character, Lou, and the gang have altered time with their meddling due to knowledge about the future, and someone wants to murder Lou, although considering how many enemies he has the list of suspects is long. Still, they need to figure out who it is in order to prevent the murder from occurring, which results in them traveling to the future...or something. Clark Duke's nerdy character attempts to explain it, but everyone just makes fun of him by singing about how he is a nerd--which is actually one of the funnier bits in the movie.
|No one thought to question the proposal,|
"Let's make jokes for 10 minutes about how these straight guys are forced to have virtual-reality sex!"
Also, there is a subplot about a car that wants to murder Lou, but it kind of simmers in the background only becoming relevant at brief moments when doing so fits the story. Other than the gay jokes there are some general sex jokes, gags about getting messed-up on drugs, and a fair amount of slapstick. Its all passable, but this is one of those movies where if you've seen the previews you actually have seen almost all the good stuff.
|Gillian Jacobs is quite funny, and Adam Scott tries, he really does.|
Really, Gillian Jacobs as Scott's fianceé provides funnier jokes than he does, and she gets much more minimal screen-time. Speaking of folk who aren't in the movie much, Chevy Chase barely appears enough for it count as anything more than a cameo, so if you're a fan of him, temper your hopes. There is chemistry and some jokes are funny, but having chemistry can only take you so far, and when your movie is flailing about for a plot, merely having an occasionally funny joke to fill your 90-ish minutes results in a lot of dull moments.
The original movie is a classic, and just like how Clark Duke's character talks about the possibility of alternate realities, I bet there is a Universe out there when Cusack was in this sequel and a much better movie was made. Until we all get our own hot tubs capable of traveling through time or realities however, we're stuck with this version, which I award a middling...
2 out of 5 stars.