Awesomely dumb slapstick is for teens and adults only.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
...comes off as precisely the sort of silly and nonsensical piece of work that one might've expected...
| Original Score: 3/4
Cell phones, the Internet, '80s fashion and '70s style are all thrown together for a winning combination.
| Original Score: 7/10
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.
Silly but funny.
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.
Dumb comedy in the Napoleon Dynamite mould with a better-than-average gag rate.
Though it's as disposable as a plastic razor, Hot Rod is not without a few good yuks.
Through Hot Rod's manic weirdness, its take on young suburban males is completely authentic. It's the summer's happiest screen comedy.
Uneven but often funny.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Truly funny, even though most viewers (who are as much the movie's targets as the characters we see onscreen) just aren't going to get it.
| Original Score: 73/100
The movie may be a bizarre goof, but the effort -- second-hand material included -- is utterly sincere.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Samberg's debut feature shows real promise for the rising star, and though Hot Rod isn't for everyone, it is a nice reminder that a movie doesn't necessarily have to be good to be enjoyed.
Blissfully liberated from logic and reason, it plays by its own twisted rules and, surprisingly, comes up a winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
...hands-down the funniest, laugh till you cry and your cheeks hurt comedy of the year
Hot Rod is probably going to be like Billy Madison where it grows on me after multiple viewings.
There's a pretty good chance you'll find at least some of it pretty funny.
There's something that seems almost important about this picture. The creators have harnessed everything that's good about YouTube, and translated it into a big-screen movie.