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Rated R · 93 min. · 2014


John Cusack doesn't return for this sequel, and he's not nearly all that's missing. Gone is the goofs-out-of-water historical conceit of the 1980s-set original, replaced by a profane, humorless script that goes forward in time but backward in everything else. You'll wish the film had ended with lout Lou Dorchen (Rob Corddry, the flop sweat flowing) getting shotgunned in the groin. Sadly, Lou, son Jacob (Clark Duke) and ascendent pop singer Nick Webber (Craig Robinson) take another plunge into the titular aquatic portal to save Lou's life and cure the malaise of their seemingly successful lives. In 2025, they meet Adam Yates Jr. (Adam Scott) and, while (kinda) trying to solve the mystery of "Who Shot Lou?" encounter a homicidal smart car, have virtual gay sex on a game show and get inebriated ... a lot. A few farcical non sequiturs work, but the storyline largely lurches from one lazy, bodily fluid-filled set piece after another, ignoring the vast past settings it could have comedically mined until a hurried, purposeless epilogue.

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Director: Steve Pink
Writer: Josh Heald
Cast: Rob Corddry, Adam Scott, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Gillian Jacobs


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