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Smack destiny in the face.
Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation.
quite possibly the greatest achievement in cinema
"I'd rather die than live in a world where I can't kick your ass."
This has got my vote for most watchable film of all time. My body aches with laughter when Rod falls down the ridiculously large hill. I piddle in my undies whenever I see that fucking Yo-Yo Ma poster in his room. Hot Rod also taught me many helpful life lessons. Pools are perfect for holding water. The best way to dilute pain is to pretend everything is an interactive theatre art piece. Let's all gallop to a wooded glen and punch-dance our rage out. Let's do it together.
Also, a grilled cheese sandwich would win in a fair fight, but with prison rules, the taco is champ. This is the real deal.
Hot Rod is another of the absurdly silly and farcical ‘comedies’ that seem to have become the dominant design over recent years.
Ludicrous to the extreme, Hot Rod manages to go about its business by turning up its dial of ever increasing stupidity in an attempt to unlock the laughter inside of me, that I just didn’t want to hand over.
When it comes to comedy I probably lean more into the satire or surrealist camp, so Hot Rod was always going to be an uphill struggle for me.
The film has a number of quotable lines, and there all fine, but I’m a hard audience for this, as I’m a massive Big Lebowski fan, and any Big Lebowski fan…
There is nothing deep or refined about Akiva Schaffer's "Hot Rod," but, regardless, it is a lot of fun. With its collection of lovable nincompoops, its outlandish situations, and its knowing sense of humor, the film makes for an engaging little comedy and lively piece of entertainment.
Its story focusing on Andy Samberg's Rod, the film follows Rod as he goes about his misbegotten quest to become a great stuntman. His lack of talent may get in the way, but Rod is determined to do something, anything in a blaze glory. This all makes a sturdy set-up for some mostly effective physical comedy and verbal barbs. There are as many groan as there are guffaws, but they are entirely good-natured…
I remember the first time I saw Hot Rod, and that is saying something. I was at a friend's house years ago, and we were all remarkably stoned. The question was proposed as to what we would all watch. Hot Rod was suggested and, due solely on the trailers I'd seen on television, I protested. I thought it looked stupid. And not the good kind. The trailers seemed to market it poorly, or maybe I didn't see the magic hidden inside. Either way, boy did I protest. "Come on, guys. Seriously, it looks terrible. Let's watch Ratatouille or Shoot 'Em Up. Anything else! Did I mention it looks stupid?". No dice. We were watching it. Up yours, Noah.
Haven't seen this film in a little while but back in 2008-2009 this was on high rotation. Still absurdly hilarious. I think that opening scene is probably the single greatest thing to have ever happened to cinema. Highly watchable, extremely quotable and incredibly funny.
"BOOM! THERE'S THE FLAVOUR!!!!"
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Samberg Performance is Good
One of my favorite comedies, I never get tired of it. It's even better when you watch it with a large group of people.
this movie gets shorter and funnier every time i watch it
As far as comedies go, Hot Rod is in my top 5, maybe 3. Hilarious from start to finish.
Despite being sloppy and silly in its delivery, Hot Rod is still a funny film with a triumphant final act.
I needed a good laugh today so I immediately turned to this. This is one of my favorite movies of all times! It's so over the top ridiculous. Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and Danny McBride are some of the funniest people around right now. I also have a weird thing for Chris Parnell and this is the only thing I own with him in it (I'm so lame).
jacob made me watch this
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Pulp Fiction
- Dead Snow
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.
- Pulp Fiction
- Fight Club
- Blade Runner
- The Big Lebowski
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of…