Hot Rod (2007)
Critic Consensus: A few funny scenes can't save the disjointed Hot Rod, which is too silly and sloppy to hold up.
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.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Comedy|
|Directed By:||Akiva Schaffer|
|Written By:||Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Pam Brady|
|In Theaters:||Aug 3, 2007 Wide|
|On DVD:||Nov 27, 2007|
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as Rod Kimble
as Kevin Powell
as Marie Powell
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Critic Reviews for Hot Rod
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.
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.
A perennial problem with comedy from regular collaborators is that the results feel too much like friends' in-jokes.
Audience Reviews for Hot Rod
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 naïf, 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?
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, but...but...it 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.
Hot Rod Quotes
|Dave:||You guys, the bathroom here is nuts.|
|Rod Kimble:||I needed to think about last night. So I galloped into a wooded glen, and after punch-dancing out my rage and suffering an extremely long and very painful fall, I realized what has to be done.|
|Rod Kimble:||I am going to get you better and then I'm going to beat you to death!|
|Dave:||You know pools are perfect for holding water.|
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