Some writer-directors of comedy movies aren't funny in interviews. It's surprising, but it happens. However, Steve Pink is not one of those people. He's also very smart. He wrote Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity and directed the underrated Accepted. His latest film, Hot Tub Time Machine, is damn funny and he had the skill to pull off a film that embraced the silliness of the 1980s but never insulted it.
I got to interview Pink at a press junket for the film a couple weeks ago. Among other topics, we discussed the references in the film, how it approached the 80s versus the present, the mechanics of time travel and how to balance it with the comedy, and the film's fantastic soundtrack. There was also a long discussion about a moral question the film poses but since that involves the ending, I'e stationed it off with spoiler alert tags.
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