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Smack destiny in the face.
For Rod Kimball, performing stunts is a way of life, even though he is rather accident-prone. Poor Rod cannot even get any respect from his stepfather, Frank, who beats him up in weekly sparring matches. When Frank falls ill, Rod devises his most outrageous stunt yet to raise money for Frank's operation -- and then Rod will kick Frank's butt.
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…
Review In A Nutshell:
Hot Rod was a film that I used to repeatedly watch at a younger age, quoting the lines and re-enacting its slapstick humour to my cousins; which they would get as they adore the film to bits. I came into this expecting some nostalgic rush of excitement, but instead what I ended up with was a half-baked film with episodic jokes that never hit their primary mark; it was the more subtle jokes and reactions within a scene that left me in a state of laughter. I think my previous memories of this film did help my recent experience, but its flaws were simply too evident for me to forgive. First of all, much of the…
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.
Still one of my favourite comedies. Such a stupid premise with a stupid bunch of people doing stupid things and I love it.
Some really funny, brilliant moments mixed in with a bunch of dude-bro comedy cliches. Thankfully, Andy Samberg just has some kind of weird, loveable quality to his acting that makes you root for his characters, even when they're dumb as hell.
This is so stupid but I love it!
Really really stupid, but also really really funny. I died during the Footloose parody scene.
Let's get one thing out of the way. This is plain stupid movie. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a satiric, tongue planted firmly in cheek, and loving tribute to those wonderful 80's movies where outcasts and losers, using some niche skill, managed to save the rec center or raise enough money for life saving surgery. There's inspirational 80s power ballads, montages, a cheesy romance, and a moment of triumph at the end. There's plenty of laugh out loud though maybe not as much as there could have or should have been given the comedic chops on display. Regardless, it's fun, funny and who doesn't enjoy watching a stunt man eat shit?
BABE WAIT BAAABEEE
I had never seen this movie before. My friends made it a must-see for me, and I'm glad I finally did. It was really great. I was in stitches most of the time.
It was ridiculous, and definitely out there, but it was hilarious. I loved how self aware it was, and it definitely worked. This is one I want to have in my personal library. (I'm writing this review a while after I saw it, so I don't have more details. Oh darn, gotta watch it again to get those. :P
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.