Hot Tub Time Machine, the wacky John Cusack comedy opening tomorrow, has a lead character who's a Second Life aficionado named Jacob (played by Clark Duke). Or as reviews describe him, "a basement-dwelling Second Life aficionado", or less charitably, "a kid who would rather play hours of Second Life than talk to actual humans." And only last week, I was talking about the ingrained nature of the "guy in a basement playing Second Life" meme, though at least here he's also not notably fat or naked. (Then again, you never know.) Ironically, I'm writing this post next door to a Second Life aficionado who doesn't log in from a basement, but near Albert Einstein's old office in Princeton, and given that he's an acclaimed astrophysicist, could probably help John Cusack and friends with the time travel troubles which send them back to the 80s. (But if that's the case, shouldn't the Second Life kid wind up back in Habitat?)
Anyway, it actually looks like a pretty good movie if you're into that kind of thing (and I often am) -- if you catch it in the next few days, report back here. Photo: UA/MGM.