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.

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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)

  • 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



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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


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
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
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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