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Adam Yates is one of the three main protagonists in 2010 film Hot Tub Time Machine.
He is played by John Cusack, who also portrayed Lane Myer in Better off Dead, and Jackson Curtis in 2012.
As boy Adam and his older sister Kelly went with their father to a restaurant called Flat Iron's for Steak Sandwiches every Friday night for family tradition. But one day, he and Kelly saw a commercial for a new restaurant called the Enchanted Forrest's Pizza and convinced their dad to take there for Friday night. However, their father died after he ate undercooked sausage. Adam blamed himself for his father's death, which made try and control everything.
In 1986, Adam went to Kodiak Valley for Winterfest '86 with his best friends, Nick Webber and Lou Dorchen, Kelly and his first girlfriend, Jenny Steadmeyer. Adam decided to break up with Jenny, who stabbed in the eye with folk. In present day, 2010, Adam became an insurance salesman living with his video game addicted nephew Jacob, who lives in his basement. His girlfriend Lily dumped due to his controlling attitude. He and Nick try to avoid Lou anf ignore his calls but upon learning that was in the hospital because of attempted suicide, although Lou denies that he was trying to kill himself, so Adam and Nick visit him in the hospital and decide to take Kodiak Valley for the weekend, much to Lou's excitement. They head Kodiak Valley, along with Jacob, despite the fact that Lou hates him, Lou shows them a Russian energy drink called "Chernobly", which is illegal. When they arrive at Kodiak Valley they that the town has fallen on hard times, they even pass by the restaurant where Adam broke up with Jenny. At the ski resort, the bellhop Phil, who is now embittered because the lost of his arm. During the night while they failing to have fun, Adam and Nick lament about things were better for them when they were young, they discover the hot tub outside their hotel room, and spend the rest of the night doing heavy drinking.
In the morning when they wake up, they decide to go skiing.