Hot Rod (2007)

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

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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Cast

Andy Samberg
as Rod Kimble
Jorma Taccone
as Kevin Powell
Isla Fisher
as Denise
Bill Hader
as Dave
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
Britt Irvin
as Cathy
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
Aaron Au
as Taco
Brett Chan
as Grilled Cheese
John Burnside
as Scrooge
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Critic Reviews for Hot Rod

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (30)

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 12, 2009
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

December 3, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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.

August 31, 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."

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

Audience Reviews for Hot Rod

½

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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 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?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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