Hot Rod

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Hot Rod has brazen silliness and a few humorous set pieces on its side, but it's far too inconsistent to satisfy all but the least demanding slapstick lovers.



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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.


Andy Samberg
as Rod Kimble
Jorma Taccone
as Kevin Powell
Sissy Spacek
as Marie Powell
Ian McShane
as Frank Powell
Chris Parnell
as Barry Pasternack
Will Arnett
as Jonathan
Chester Tam
as Richardson
Mark Acheson
as Homeless Dude
Ken Kirzinger
as Trailer Guy
Alana Husband
as Waitress
Andrew Moxham
as Sullivan
Terri O'Neill
as Angry Mom
Alvin Sanders
as Furious Boss
Chris Eastman
as EMT No. 1
Paul Ribeiro
as EMT No. 2
Paul Herbert
as EMT No. 3
Carly McKillip
as High School Girl
John B. Destry
as Projectionist
Doug Abrahams
as Police Officer
Frank C. Turner
as Fisherman
Henry Michaels
as Boy Stealing Wheelchair
Gillian Barber
as Riot Singer No. 1
Sammy Fattedad
as Riot Singer No. 2
William S. Taylor
as Riot Singer No. 3
Mi Jung Lee
as Newswoman
Carrie Ruscheinsky
as Hippie Girl
Charlie Hope
as Autograph Kid No. 1
Mathew Gallagher
as Autograph Kid No. 2
Victoria Campbell
as Autograph Kid No. 3
Jesse Haddock
as Crowd Member No. 1
Ometa Gittens
as Crowd Member No. 2
Brett Chan
as Grilled Cheese
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Critic Reviews for Hot Rod

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (71)

  • A charmless idiot, a clumsy rip-off of Jackass and one more tiresome exercise in arrested adolescence -- add them up and you have Hot Rod.

    Mar 31, 2019 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    May 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Silly but funny.

    Sep 29, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Though it's as disposable as a plastic razor, Hot Rod is not without a few good yuks.

    Sep 25, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt
    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.

    Sep 1, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

    Claudia Puig

    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.

    Aug 9, 2007

Audience Reviews for Hot Rod

  • Oct 01, 2014
    This movie certainly reminds of Zoolander. Weird, goofy, dumb, and absurd but actually a hell of a lot of fun. I don't pretend to suggest that this is the greatest comedy film ever made, but it's certainly better than the professional reviews made it seem at the time. I can see how the film's weirdness would've thrown some people off and therefore that might've created more of a mixed reaction. At the same time, this is really just a series of skits barely held together by a story, so I can see how that structure might've turned some people off. And, of course, in a movie like this, with so much schtick thrown out, there's gonna be a lot of material that just doesn't work as well as it probably did in-script. That is to be expected in a film that's all about the schtick, but I definitely think the film has more good than bad, as obviously evidenced by the rating. This is basically a parody of 80s and 90s sports films with an awesomely cheesy 80s soundtrack. The story is completely ridiculous. Rod has never gotten the best of his stepfather in a fight. When his stepfather takes ill with a heart condition that will kill him if he doesn't get the money for a transplant, Rod sets out to perform a stunt where he jumps over 15 school buses in order to raise the money to save his stepfather. The only reason he wants to save his stepfather is so then he can kick his ass and get him to finally respect Rod as a man. Absolutely absurd but, of course, considering how silly the film is, it works. One of the things that I like about the film is how there's a complete and total lack of self-awareness. All these ridiculous things happening all around them and everyone acts like it's just a normal day. There's one instance where they call attention to something that happened, the inspirational walk with everyone in town to the climactic stunt that then, somehow, turns into an incredibly violent riot. Again, given how surreal the film is, it didn't bother me as much as it would in any other film. But props to the film for not noticing its own absurdity, it makes the film funnier. The cast is good, Andy Samberg is a funny man, I don't care who knows, he's clearly more talented than he got to show on here, as he can do more understated stuff like Celeste and Jesse Forever, but he's such a goof in this movie. And I mean that in the nicest way possible, he's clearly being as over-the-top and ridiculous as he can for our amusement. It's clear everyone was having a blast doing this film. The last shot of the film is hilarious to me. After raising the money to save his stepfather, Frank and Rod get into the pretty big fight that has them going all over the house, destroying it, and eventually making it out to the driveway. Rod performs the tai chi move that Denise taught him that literally makes a man shit his pants, Rod hits the move successfully as Frank complains. After successfully kicking his stepfather's ass, Rod celebrates by pumping his fist up in the air and screaming 'Yea!' as the frame freezes and the film ends. Now that I think about it, there was absolutely no better way to end this movie. If there's any movie that should end with a freeze frame of someone's fist in the air in celebration of finally kicking their stepdad's ass, it would be this one. It was perfection. I wish I could end this review like that. But it is not to be. I realize this is the type of film that you either love or you hate. I wouldn't say I loved it, but it's probably the type of film that you enjoy more with repeated viewings and that's really something I wouldn't mind. This is a fun movie if you're into absurdist and surrealist humor.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2012
    I see why it has "cult" status . . . but I won't be counting myself among those few that love this. Most of the film feels weird for weirdness sake and while it yields some funny moments, it all kind of collapses in on itself.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2012
    Consistently hilarious in that random SNL Digital Short way, yet completely insubstantial and forgettable, Hot Rod comes out to be a weightless but undeniably entertaining comedy.
    Sam B Super Reviewer

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