So I went to “Hot Tub Time Machine,” and all I’ll say now is that it’s exactly what you might expect of a movie called “Hot Tub Time Machine,” for better or worse. But it got me thinking about John Cusack, then and now, because in the movie John Cusack’s character zooms back to 1986, where he is played by a younger actor who looks nothing like the young John Cusack, and don’t we all know all too well exactly what the young John Cusack looked like? Though Cusack didn’t spend the entire ’80s wearing a trenchcoat with the sleeves pushed up and holding up a boom box outside a girl’s window, a lot of us still think of him that way.
Now in his 40s, he’s still one of those ever-boyish actors (funny to think that he’s older than, say, Jon Hamm) and his career is a mix of big-budget action movies (“2012”) and low-key dramas (“Grace Is Gone,” “Martian Child”), with the occasional time-travelling-Jacuzzi comedy thrown in. But he made his mark with me as lovestruck Lloyd Dobler in “Say Anything,” or puppeteer Craig Schwartz in “Being John Malkovich” (“Do you know what a metaphysical can of worms this portal is?”) or relentless list-maker Rob in “High Fidelity,” or conflicted playwright David in “Bullets Over Broadway,” all with his trademark doleful smarts. So, you tell me: What’s your favorite John Cusack movie?
If I left out your favorite, toss it into the comments. And, note that Popcorn & Prejudice will be on hiatus for a bit while I take a brief vacation; back next Wednesday. I’ll leave you with a sweet moment from “High Fidelity,” and a hope that all hot tubs you enter take you to a pleasant place.