Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Review and How to Watch

Craig Robinson is a comic genius.  If you are not familiar with him, he plays Darryl on “The Office” and played a thug enforcer in Pineapple Express.   He has all the choice lines in this movie, and manages to deliver them without cracking a tiny grin.  Compared to him, deadpan is giddy.  If there was a word to describe him, it would be “I ain’t messin’ around with your stupid ass”.  This guy can make any combination of words a laugh riot, much the same way Barry White can make anything sound sexual.  His best line of the movie is the title.


Starring: John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase, Crispin Glover
Directed by: Steve Pink
Written by: Josh Heald and Jarrad Paul
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R

Overall Rating:

Hot Tub Time Machine is about nothing, and succeeds wildly at it.  I laughed a lot and enjoyed it pretty thoroughly.  It has clever dialogue, great comic timing, and non-stop punchlines.  The style is original – similar to the Hangover – but younger and a little more genuine.  That being said, at no time is this a quality film.  The story is ludicrous and yet formulaic at the same time.  All in all, I would say that averages out to a pretty good rental.  But if you are hard up for laughs and have ten bucks to burn – by all means.

Quick Summary:


A group of guys in their early forties are generally disappointed with their squandered lives.  Lloyd Dobler – excuse me I mean – John Cusack stars as Adam, a lonely washed-up professional of some sort, whose ex-girlfriend just cleared out half the house.  Nick (Craig Robinson) has no direction and handles the sort of tasks that dog groomers dread the most.  Jacob (Clark Duke), Adam’s 20 year old nephew of unknown origins, lives in the basement, and has an online simulated life that is even more hopeless than his real one.  And finally, there’s Lou (Rob Corddry), who gives pathetic not only a new meaning, but several synonyms and a front page Wikipedia listing.  The story is set in motion one night when he has what he says is “not” a suicide attempt, prompting his old but distant friends (Nick and Adam) to come to the rescue.  To cheer him up, they decide to revisit their old stomping grounds, the wild party/ski town of Kodiak Valley.  Jacob comes with, much to Lou’s chagrin.

Next thing you know, they hop in a hot tub and it’s 1986.  There are some other scenes before that, but nothing significant.  First, they have to realize its 1986 – several clues pop out to indicate this (leg-warmers, neon clothes, Reagan talking live on TV, no snowboards, signs everywhere that say 1986, “Where’s the Beef”) – but when Nick sees a cassette player, he realizes something is up.  Next, they have to spend a minute or two debating how or why this happened, then they realize their hot tub was probably a time machine, and all is well in the universe.  Really.  That’s about how scientific this got.

Now that they are there, they do everything they can to avoid disrupting the timeline – most likely because they have all seen several movies and know this is their “duty”.  Adam has to break up with his high-school hottie, because that’s how it originally went down.  Nick has to play a gig with his cover band.  Lou has to get beat up by the local ski patrol bully.  After a while though, they start to realize the timeline hasn’t really been all that good to them in the first place, and perhaps some changes are advisable.


What follows?  An hour of hilarity.  Awkward sexual encounters, slapstick, Poison.  Anachronistic references (“what’s an e-mail?”), blowjob humor.  What you think this movie is going to be – yeah – it is.  The 80’s are a hoot.  Being young is a blast.  And life has a tendency to let us down – that’s a fact – so where other stories might try to go “Wonderful Life” on you,

this one tells the truth – we all could have made better choices and had happier lives at some point.  The fact is, we all would do a better job if we had it do over again.


This was a story that made me feel good; not because it made me appreciate what I have, but because it validated my view of the world.  If you are cynical, anarcho-capitalist-libertarian, pleasure-seeking, and intuitive, the story will delight you. If you are judgmental and stricken with Catholic guilt, this film will seem incomplete at best and most likely absurd.  For everyone else – it’s funny and stupid and then funny some more.  Watch it, but just don’t have high expectations.

Finding the list of alternatives to your JUUL

The person who is using the electronic cigarette then for sure he knows about the JUUL which is the most famous e-cig brand with the extraordinary vaping pod system. Those smokers who would like to quit smoking should need to make use of this top rated and leading branded JUUL e-cigarette to get the amazing smoking experience.

Alternative to JUUL e-cigarette:

The pod system based juul electronic cigarettes are not just like the largest box mod devices but they are isolated and small to easily hold in your pocket. At the same time, they are too classy without buttons so they are very easy to use even by the elder people who are all struggle to operate the latest devices. With JUUL, everyone will have the nice and smooth vape experience because the pods in this branded electronic cigarette are using the nic salts so they will not make the big clouds of vapour. This is why you will get the similar smoking experience of using the traditional tobacco cigarettes.

But the pods of the JUUL are non-refillable and you have to purchase the new one every time. This is why most of the users of the JUUL are looking for the best alternative to this brand but at the same time they also don’t want to miss the real taste of the JUUL. In order to solve this problem, there are a lot of alternative ecig brands currently available in the market. Not all of them are suitable for your real smoking experience so that the experts are providing a few numbers of the best alternatives to JUUL. Some of the popular alternatives to this JUUL electronic cigarette you can find them at and include,

  • Kandypens Feather
  • Kandypens Rubi
  • Myblu E-cigarette
  • VapeDynamics Cora
  • Aspire Breeze 2
  • MyBlu starter kit
  • SMOK Fit
  • SV Mi-Pod
  • SMOK Infinix
  • Innokin EQ
  • Eleaf Elven and etc.

Why should you look for JUUL alternatives?

There are so many numbers of reasons available to choose the popular alternatives to JUUL for your unbelievable e-cig experience. The manufacturers of the JUUL brand have actually kept releasing the different types of the e-liquid flavours but only on the downside. Whenever you are considering the pod system of this brand, it is in fact the closed system that limits the users to only what is given by the manufacturer. This is because it is not refillable with the new e-liquid. For this purpose, you have to purchase the new pod or e-liquid cartridge.

If you are buying the new pod for your electronic cigarette, it will be costlier than refilling. With the 0.7 ml pod capacity in the JUUL e-cigarette, some of the users will only experience the fewer puffs with it. At the same time, it contains the lower battery capacity of about 200mAh which only offers you the minimum battery life as compared to some other brands of the vape pens. This is why most of the smokers are looking for the best alternative options to JUUL in order to get the amazing smoking experience.

juul alternative

Choose metal blades for the band saw

Of course, the most important thing you can choose after the bandsaw itself, is the blades. For just about any band saw, there are three basic types of blades: Carbon steel blades, bi-metal blades and carbide tipped blades.


Carbon steel blades are the metal band saw blades used most commonly for general purpose applications such as cutting wood, aluminum and mild steel. They are made from high carbon steel and because they are not as pricey as the other blades, you will see them more often for hobby enthusiasts and home do-it-yourself equipment buyers. They are a great all around blade and probably all you would need for most uses for a metal band saw blade.


Bi-Metal blades are very similar to the carbon steel blades with the exception hat their tooth edge is made with high speed steel. This makes the blade itself stronger and able to cut hard woods and all metals, including stainless steel. They are a bit pricier than the carbon steel blades, but they also cut faster and last longer. All in all they are a very versatile metal band saw blade and a good choice if you are looking to be cutting a variety of materials.



Carbide tipped blades will handle the hardest of materials. With their precision chip teeth they will outlast all other types of blades as well as be able to tackle materials such as tropical hardwoods and hi-alloy metals including aluminum or brass. One of the biggest advantages is that carbide tipped blades last much longer without the need of sharpening. This makes them cost-effective as their life on the band saw reviews list is much longer than the typical carbon steel blade.


No matter what your need, there is a metal band saw blade that is just right for your project. As with any tool, the trick is to do the research and decide what is best for this particular project. Just doing this one woodworking project and not thinking you will need it much again? The carbon steel blade will probably work just fine. Starting a project that will involve everything from hi-alloy metals to native hardwoods? Then your bi-metal blade should cover all your bases. Are you moving on from occasional project to a long on-going project, such as a house remodel job? You would probably best better to invest in some carbide tipped blades to see you through. No matter what you do – getting the right blade will be just as big a part of the project as the right materials.

Review: iHijab

Ever since Apple released their “app store” (an online store for downloading additional software for the iPhone and iPod Touch) there have been a number of ‘gag’ applications. These applications are designed solely for amusement with minimal or no functional value. They are often created to fool others about the iPhone’s functionality. Some of these applications show the device as a fake x-ray machine, others imitate common household items such as virtual bubble wrap. Apps like these cater to the thousands of customers who love going to others and saying “hey, look what my phone can do.” I never paid much attention to these trivial applications, at least not until I came upon iHijab.

I personally find the mobile software space to be fascinating, especially the iPhone’s app store. There are new innovative Islamically centered applications released on the app store every day that can considerably improve Muslim lifestyles. Sophisticated applications like iQuran and iHadith may be the best and most effective ways to read our religious texts digitally. iPray is the easiest way to check prayer times and find the direction of qibla, it even uses the iPhone’s GPS and compass capabilities to customize timings and direction specifically for where you are.  Zabihah Halal uses GPS to display nearby masjids, halal groceries and halal restaurants with reviews and ratings from thousands of users. It’s a very exciting time in the mobile industry and the best applications are yet to come. To make sure I’m always up to date, I always browse through the iPhone app store to see what’s new.

When I came upon iHijab while browsing for new applications I was immediately intrigued and installed it to check it out. The application allows you to choose different styles of hijab that you can place on top of pictures from your photo library. You can zoom and move around the picture you choose so that the person’s face fits the hijab, it’s not perfect but it’s pretty close to faking the look of a hijab. The creators of the application, Fishbone Consultancy, describe the app on their website as follows:

*** Surprise everybody with these photos. ***

This identity filter for your iPhone enables you to change your friends’ clothes to a hijab or burkha within seconds.
•    Easy to use Hijab Photo Frames
•    Change your friends’ identity within seconds
•    Automatically Twitter Hijab Pictures
•    Automatically put pictures on Facebook
•    Automatically email Hijab Pictures
•    Choose between 14 identities
•    High resolution

Take pictures of your friends wearing a Hijab or Burkha. It works very easy: just open iHijab and choose a picture frame. The Hijab will be displayed as a layer over the iPhone’s camera so you will see the results directly!

The High-Resolution pictures can be emailed, twittered, placed on your facebook wall or saved into your iPhone photo library, all with one click!

The hijab selection screen, shown to the right, shows the different types of hijabs you can choose. This is where I started to become suspicious, I had no mixed feelings about the application up until I saw this screen. As you can see, some of the photos have ridiculous facial expressions and odd backdrops. Is this making fun of Muslims? I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt but I couldn’t get over some of the thumbnails for hijab selection. Take for example, the one with the White House in the background on the far left in the second row. What is the purpose of this picture? It shows the man in the hijab clearly mocking the camera while in front of the White House of the United States. Is this implying that Muslims criticize the U.S. government? And what about the hijab selection in the top right where the man is under a camel?

Okay Tareq, slow down. I realized I might have been over reacting and I looked for others opinion. I brought the application to my Mother, explained it to her, how to use it and asked her what she thought. “This is so stupid” she said. I asked “Why? Do you find it offensive?”. She replied “Yes, it’s just stupid”. “I asked what if it were an application showing cowboy hats? There are many people around the world that wear them as a part of their culture.” She still felt uncomfortable about the application but couldn’t specifically say why.

I then brought it to my sister, I showed her the application and let her use it. In minutes there was a picture of me in a hijab and giggles all around. She loved it! She didn’t find the application offensive and took it as a joke, she saw no considerable attempts at real mockery.

What started to really intrigue me was not the application itself but rather how people viewed the symbol of the hijab. The application description said nothing about Muslims or Islam, was it really targeting us at all? Is the hijab not much more than a piece of clothing but a sign of modesty and respect? This application could simply be a look into a world that is unknown to many people, it could be seen equivalent as an application that dresses one in a Japanese kimono or an Inuit snow jacket. Would that be offensive? Then again, the hijab is also a very prominent symbol to represent Islam. It is used in marketing to symbolize and stereotype Muslims as much as long black beards and salwars are.

I wanted to see more views on the application so I started looking at customer reviews and ratings on the app store. The average rating was 2.5 stars of 5 star with most ratings being 1 star. Here are some of the reviews:

horrible app – Crs1unnot
“not only is this tasteless and racist, but it’s NOT FUNNY. it’s not about being politically correct, it’s about not being an a-hole.
I hope this app is swiftly removed”

A bit racial but fun – Hadi Saeed
This application is a bit racial in a way but it doesn’t matter that much since it is only an app.

Great up!!! – y4j
Really fun!

A LAFF RIOT ..!!!!

Again, mixed thoughts. I was still confused and I didn’t know whether I found this application offensive or not. I guess there is nothing wrong with the idea but the selection screen really bothered me. I left the application on my to-do list to review for ProductMuslim and decided I should give it some more thought. The next time I opened the app store I noticed there was an update for it. The description of the update was: “new hijab overview screen”. I installed it and the only change was the selection screen now with attractive women with normal smiling facial expressions. Now why did they do this? It was the only change in the update so they must have considered it significant enough to alter.

The selection screen has changed, shouldn’t my mind now be at ease? I still don’t know. As I mentioned, evaluating my view on this application has more to do with the hijab than the app itself. I realized I’m trying to understand what the symbol means to me. Is it offensive because I’m being defensive? Would I raise this question if it was a religious symbol from something other than islam?

What do you think? Do you find this application offensive? If so, why? Ask others around you, I think you’ll be surprised to hear so many mixed reviews.

Looking forward to hearing what you all think!

Review: Ramadan Lawn Signs

I love when people come up with new and creative ways to fundraise and give dawah.

I had the pleasure of meeting Brother Qadeer Abdul this year at MuslimFest 2010 where he showed me his Ramadan lawn sign fundraising campaign. He is selling $10 Ramadan signs that are designed to be placed on lawns and other grassy areas. All proceeds from the signs go directly to his local masjid.

It’s a simple idea with a simple message; “Happy Ramadan – Charity, Humanity, Peace”.  What a great way to share the cornerstones of Ramadan with neighbhours. The physical design of the product is even simpler than its message. The sign is made using a thin sheet of plastic that is held up with a metal rod, very similar to those used for political campaigns.

Dawah and fundraising in a simple yet effective form. I love it! The only suggestion for improvement I have is for future signs to include the link to a website rather than an email address. The website could allow people to purchase the signs online or could be one that provides dawah related resources.

I happily bought one for myself and I look forward to putting it on my lawn for Ramadan. If you would like to order your own Ramadan lawn sign, please contact Qadeer Abdul at

Would you consider purchasing one? What do you think of this product, is it effective? Does the design affect your decision? Any improvements you can suggest?

More photos of the Ramadan lawn sign from MuslimFest 2010 below, click to see full size: