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Hot Rod (2007)


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 42
Rotten: 63

Critics Consensus: A few funny scenes can't save the disjointed Hot Rod, which is too silly and sloppy to hold up.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: A few funny scenes can't save the disjointed Hot Rod, which is too silly and sloppy to hold up.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 303,001


Movie Info

Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem--his step-father Frank is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll in their weekly sparring sessions and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But, when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: Jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then... kick his ass.

PG-13 (for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Pam Brady
In Theaters:
Nov 27, 2007
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hot Rod

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (42) | Rotten (63) | DVD (25)

What works, wonderfully, are the falls, the punch-outs (his brawls with Stepdad are brutal throw-downs) and waiting for that next accident to happen.

Full Review… | May 13, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

If you're looking for plausibility, this is not your movie. If you're looking for laughs, this is not your movie. If you like seeing delusional overgrown adolescents fall down a lot, then this one's for you.

Full Review… | September 1, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

We know from the Lazy Sunday bits Samberg's a funny guy, but he doesn't have enough to work with here.

August 9, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."

Full Review… | August 5, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts.

Full Review… | August 3, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Imagine a Stand by Me on wheels, with dialogue spoken by 20-something actors instead of 12-year-olds, and you have the essence of the script.

Full Review… | August 3, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

People like me who are fans of sophomoric humor, it's a hoot.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
7M Pictures

A perennial problem with comedy from regular collaborators is that the results feel too much like friends' in-jokes.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011

Awesomely dumb slapstick is for teens and adults only.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

The results are barely worth an illegal download.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Boston Phoenix

Oh, Napoleon Dynamite! What have you wrought? [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | January 1, 2009
Groucho Reviews

...comedy is a subjective thing, and what makes one person laugh may simply bore someone else. Hod Rod bored me.

Full Review… | December 13, 2008
Movie Metropolis

Hot Rod emerges as a daffy, dorky summer surprise, a silly comedy of non sequiturs that feels like a cockeyed collaboration between Will Ferrell and Mel Brooks.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

...comes off as precisely the sort of silly and nonsensical piece of work that one might've expected...

Full Review… | March 18, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

Cell phones, the Internet, '80s fashion and '70s style are all thrown together for a winning combination.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

It's a simple comedy that tries to be nothing but. At times it is simple hilarity, other times it's a little too "Napoleon Dynamite" for its own good.

Full Review… | December 9, 2007

It remains nothing more than the silliness of Napoleon Dynamite (only not nearly as offbeat) combined with the failed stunts of Jackass (only not nearly as dangerous to the star).

Full Review… | October 20, 2007

Prepare to be dazzled, we are told in the first few minutes, as fireworks are lit in eager anticipation. But the fireworks fizzle big time, as does this tedious, tired comedy that is short on appeal and laughs. Wacky and low-brow it is, but fun it ain't

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Silly but funny.

Full Review… | September 29, 2007

Well worth checking out, then, if you like your comedy supremely silly, but ultimately memorable only as a series of great skits mixed in with some dead patches.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Empire Magazine

Dumb comedy in the Napoleon Dynamite mould with a better-than-average gag rate.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007

Though it's as disposable as a plastic razor, Hot Rod is not without a few good yuks.

Full Review… | September 25, 2007

Here's a strange, hit-and-miss approach to the kind of movie in which Will Ferrell usually stars.

Full Review… | August 29, 2007
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Through Hot Rod's manic weirdness, its take on young suburban males is completely authentic. It's the summer's happiest screen comedy.

Full Review… | August 29, 2007

Audience Reviews for Hot Rod



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Smack destiny in the face.

Good Comedy! This film is not for everyone: it has no stars and the comedy is very strange. But give it a chance and you will not regret it. The directing and editing of the film is both stylish and fast paced. Andy Samberg is hilarious as always but the supporting cast truly shines, particularly Bill Hader, Will Arnett and Ian McShane. If you love the SNL digital shorts this movie is for you. Hot Rod is destined to be a cult comedy classic.

Rod Kimble is a naf, a slacker living in a small US town with his mom, his younger brother, and his stepfather whose respect he craves. He also misses his dead dad, whom he thinks was Evel Knievel's back-up. Rod, a man-child, believes that he is a stunt man. When his stepfather needs an operation, with help from his brother and his slacker pals, Rod hatches a plan to set a school-bus-jumping record on his moped. First, his crew and he have to raise money to rent the buses and build the ramp. Trouble is, Rod's inept at his chosen career. Looming failure is complicated by the return of Denise, Rod's next-door neighbor and secret heartthrob, who is home from college. Is public humiliation at hand?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Oh man, how it boggles my mind to think that they got so many talented people to be a part of this.

Rod Kimble is a delusional, would be stuntman who dreams of the big time, but generally fails to do anything substantial or remarkable. Badgered on by his abusive stepfather, Rod finally gets his stuff together to organize a major stunt on the level of someone like Evel Kievel.

I think this would have worked better as a short than as a feature. It's pretty silly, ridiculous, and lame, and not really that good, is surprisingly funny and amusing...more than once even.

In that regard it is like Step Brothers. It's a bad movie, but it gets a pass for somehow being funny and mildly entertaining more than it has any right to be. It's supremely silly, but if you are in the mood for something like that, then I guess it would be fine.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Rod Kimble: Who wants to see me do a big-ass stunt?

"Smack Destiny In The Face"

Hot Rod is a weird, weird movie. I don't see a target audience for a film like this. I always just assumed it was a family movie, but after watching it, I found out it is really geared more towards teenagers. The thing is, I can't see how any teenager would really want to watch this and I know most adults would find this as idiotic and unfunny as I did. So without an audience, you're going to fail and that's exactly what I view Hot Rod as... a failure.

Rod Kimble is a twenty something, amateur stunt man. He basically does his own stunts with his crew, which always lead to pain and no success. When his stepfather, who he hates, is dying; he decides to try to put a jumpy together and raise the money to save him. Not because he loves him, but he wants to beat the shit out of him and he needs him alive to do so. The jump he will be attempting is 15 buses and he needs to raise $50,000 in doing so.

This is one of those comedies that believes that long, no content dialogue and characters that occasionally talk weird and do stupid shit are funny. They aren't. Andy Sandberg is annoying as fuck as Rod, and that writing that supports his character couldn't be much more annoying either.

I would highly recommend skipping this one. It's boring, hard to sit through, tedious, stupid, and terribly done. I could see it distracting a 6 year old, but other than that, it's really more work than joy when you sit down to watch this one.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Hot Rod Quotes

You know pools are perfect for holding water.
– Submitted by Ashley I (2 years ago)
Rod Kimble:
What did i just say to Dave?
Kevin Powell:
I like to party I'm Rod.
Rod Kimble:
No! you're Kevin.
Kevin Powell:
Right, I party.
Rod Kimble:
No Kevin, I know for a fact you don't party
Kevin Powell:
Right, Dave's the party guy
Haha sweet.
Rod Kimble:
Oh my god shut up.
– Submitted by Kyle M (2 years ago)
Rod Kimble:
Who do you think would win in a fight between a grilled cheese and a taco?
– Submitted by Alan S (2 years ago)
Rod Kimble:
You look pretty.
Rod Kimble:
I said you look shitty! Good night Denise!
– Submitted by Luke W (2 years ago)
I've been drinking green tea all god damn day!
– Submitted by Luke W (2 years ago)
Kevin Powell:
Wow Rod, I can't believe she said yes.
Yeah, well, you have only to believe if you wish to achieve, Kevin. That rhymed. Unintentional.
Man, Rod! I am just green with jealous rage right now.
– Submitted by David A (2 years ago)

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