*So how will the hot tub be used for ill gotten gains this time?
In the first “Hot Tub Time Machine,” a Russian energy drink (Chernobly) is accidentally spilled on the controls of a hot tub being enjoyed by four friends, and suddenly the guys find themselves in 1986.
Craig Robinson was failed musician Nick, who seized upon the opportunity to re-play an open mic show that was an epic fail the first time around. This time, his version of Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” and MC Hammer’s not-yet-released “Let’s Get It Started” moved the crowd.
When the friends finally Chernobly themselves back to the present day, all four – having known what the future held – are living much better lives than when they left. Nick is now a successful music producer married to a woman who is no longer cheating on him.
Cut to “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” Steve Pink returns as director, and Robinson’s character – inspired by his MC Hammer performance – has become rich by recording songs before they were originally released, like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” TLC’s “Waterfalls” and “Stay” by Lisa Loeb, who has a cameo in the film. [Video below.]
Below, Robinson talks about Loeb’s reaction to the use of her song, and co-star Rob Corddry’s crush on the 90s singer.
“Hot Tub Time Machine 2” arrives in theaters today.
Below, the scene where Robinson shoots his video for “Stay” and is interrupted by the real Lisa Loeb, who plays the on-set cat wrangler:
The original “Stay” video: