John Cusack has starred in some great films. This is not
one of them.
To be honest, I sort of went to this movie by accident. It
was circumstantial. I was a little depressed and also needed to kill a lot
of time, and I decided a comedic movie was the best way to do so. I had a
gift card I wanted to use, which limited the theaters I could go to, and
this film happened to be playing at the right theater and at the right time.
My expectations going into it were very low, but I'm
pleased to report that it was better than I was expecting. Not that it's
actually a great film, but I had set my expectations suitably low and
therefore was lightly amused for 90 minutes.
The premise is somewhat silly (hot tub goes on the fritz
because of a banned Russian energy drink?), and the hijinks in the past ...
well, it's safe to say that the trailer probably covered the best of them.
Still, it's hard to imagine pushing this for any of the positive awards. But
I guess that depends on how the year turns out.
My grade: C