Hot Tub Time Machine 2is a 2015 American science fiction comedy film directed by Steve Pink and written by Josh Heald. The film stars Rob Corddry , Craig Robinson , Clark Duke , Adam Scott , Chevy Chase , and Gillian Jacobs . It is the sequel to the 2010 filmHot Tub Time Machine. The film was released on February 20, 2015. John Cusack , who played Adam Yates and produced the first film, does not return in the theatrical cut, but has a brief cameo in the unrated version. The film was a critical and commercial failure, getting panned by critics and grossing a total of $12.8 million, which was less than the film's budget and opening weekend of the first film (both $14 million).
Five years after the first film, Lou Dorchen, Nick Webber, and Jacob have led their lives to fame, but each struggling with their self-esteem. Lou brags his success through time travel to his employee Brad, while Nick's wife Courtney complains about Nick going wherever he wants, whereas Jacob shows hatred for Lou. Lou hosts a party where he declines an offer by old schoolmate Gary Winkle to buy land, and forcing Jacob to act as a butler. However, Lou is shot in the penis, urging Jacob and Nick to take him to the hot tub time machine, in hopes to find and stop Lou's killer.
When the guys wake up, they find themselves ten years into the future, where Jacob suggests they are in an alternate timeline, deducing Lou's killer is from the future. They approach their old friend Adam Yates' home, deducing him as the killer when they noticed Adam's coat next to the hot tub time machine, but meet his son Adam Yates-Steadmeyer (whose mother is Adam's ex-girlfriend Jenny Steadmeyer who became pregnant with him in 1986 before she broke up with Adam) and explain the situation to him.
When Lou spots Gary Winkle, thinking Gary was the killer, he runs in and tackles Gary, but finds out that Lou not buying the land actually made Gary turn a profit. Gary invites them to his nightclub, where they party all night. They then are picked up to go to Choozy Doozy, with Nick as the special guest. During the game, after Lou suggests that Nick has sex with a man, he is chosen to participate, but switches with Adam instead, with Jill, Adam Jr.'s fiancée, watching the show. This frustrates Jacob to leave the group and returns to Gary's club, only to find out how similar he is to Lou. The group find Jacob attempting to jump off the roof of his mansion. Lou and Jacob soon make amends.
The guys see a news report on Brad for inventing nitrotrinadium, the ingredient for the hot tub time machine, and believe Brad is the killer. At Adam Jr.'s wedding, Jill is too angry for what Adam has done on TV and spots Lou. They have sex, which Adam accidentally walks in on. Jacob finds Brad but realizes he's not the killer but rather went to find his own success. They find out that Adam Jr. stole the nitrotrinadium and went back to the past, revealing him as the killer. They return to the mansion, but are too late to stop Adam Jr. As the guys sit in hopelessness, Jacob realizes that because the nitrotrinadium is in the past, it now exists in the future. They find a vial and place it in the hot tub time machine to return to 2015. They stop Adam Jr. from shooting Lou after Lou apologizes to him.
Following this, Nick apologizes to Courtney as Lou tells his wife Kelly he wants to start over. Adam Jr. meets Jill for the first time as Jacob approaches Sophie, his future girlfriend, and convinces her to join him in a relationship. As the four return to the hot tub again, Lou's head is shot off by Adam (Lou in the Theatrical Release). Then Patriot Lou appears from the 1700s and invites them to "make America happen," and the others agree and take another dip in the hot tub. During the closing credits, the guys are seen exploiting the time machine to change history until the time machine takes them back to the 80s where they again have a second chance to repair time and their mistakes during their travels.