Hollywood has an intense and unique fascination with the hot tub, to the point that films in practically every genre that can get away with it have a scene with a character relaxing amidst the whirlpool jets.
A possible reason for this could be down to Jayne Mansfield, an incredibly intelligent brunette actress who made her fame by playing blond bombshells and living in a Barbie dollhouse known as the Pink Palace, complete with a heart-shaped Jacuzzi.
Her exceptionally striking image combined with her somewhat tragic story and sudden death has made her a fascinating figure ever since, and a subtle way in which this is seen to this day is that hot tubs play a role in a huge number of films.
From bubbling romances to hot tub servicing, here are some of the most fascinating hot tub scenes in film.
Hot Tub Time Machine
Released in 2010 amidst a wave of dreadfully self-aware gross-out frat boy comedies in the vein of The Hangover, Hot Tub Time Machine is the story of four friends who thanks to a combination of alcohol, energy drinks and a hot tub, transport back in time to the year 1986.
Whilst not a film that appeals to everyone, the initial scenes of debauched drinking in the hot tub itself are a fascinating example of what not to do with a tub in real life, although the consequences do not typically involve time travel.
The 2001 film Legally Blonde is an exceptionally charming and surprisingly clever comedy about love, lawyers and never judging a book by its cover, with arguably the scene that illustrates it best taking place largely in a hot tub.
The Harvard Video Essay sees both sides of Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods on full display, with the fashion-conscious blonde Cosmo girl side that has the level of wit and intelligence to highlight all the reasons why she should and does get into Harvard Law School.
Ignore the fact that you cannot submit a video essay to any law school, this scene is amongst the best and most imaginative hot tub scenes out there.
Ferris Bueller’s Day OffThis 1986 teen comedy classic is filled with iconic moments, lines and quotes, but one that is somewhat unfairly forgotten is the hot tub scene where Matthew Broderick’s Ferris Bueller and his girlfriend Sloane relax in a hot tub near the end of the eponymous day off.
Meanwhile, their friend Cameron sits in a catatonic state of shock, leading to something of a mood whiplash when he dives into the pool, Ferris saves him and it all turns out to be a prank in itself.
Austin Powers – International Man Of Mystery
Mike Myers’ 1997 film about flamboyant spy capers is one that is both crass and classy in equal measure, and both aspects are on full display with its hot tub scene featuring a character that will not be named here for dignity reasons.
Despite the bodily function jokes and silly rhymes, it also has a lavish wooden spa and the beautiful voice of Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs providing a soft, tender counterpoint.