When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand… (IMDb)
Has its funny snippets of dialogue–usually from McKinnon’s prude Mary, but obnoxious taxi driver Lonny’s “Carol” bit is great–but the party “humour” is mostly just blandly and unnecessarily crude, and a travesty of a plot, aside from being contrived and far-fetched (see the miraculous last-minute company-saver post-party) ends up embracing its over-the-top hedonism in a cringe-worthy final scene that destroys what could’ve been a decent character arc for Miller’s life-of-the-party/loser Clay.
When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past – which is really the present. (IMDb)
Extremely crude and sexist party/drugs/sex schtick dominates this film, and it’s way too over the line to ever be funny (only Adam Jr.’s wedding planning ever gets laughs) and despite the ongoing “Lou’s an asshole” thread and a couple of very surprising bits of serious character work (see Lou’s humble self-awareness on the roof, AA idea at the end) it’s not justified from a dramatic point of view either–especially considering how they null it all in the end anyways for a mediocre comedy bit.
A malfunctioning time machine at a ski resort takes a man back to 1986 with his two friends and nephew, where they must relive a fateful night and not change anything to make sure the nephew is born. (IMDb)
Despite having the always fun time-travel trope, the plot feels pretty lame (it’s mostly just dumb party schtick with girls and booze), and a generally comedically flat lead foursome doesn’t help the entertainment value. There are a few good jokes (Glover’s recurring missing arm gag is great; the completely unexplained “Great White Buffalo” is a delightful bit of nonsense) and the usually annoying Lou’s manipulation of the past at the end is fun, but it’s a mostly mediocre movie otherwise.