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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.
What may appear to be a silly comedy made of SNL alum, is actually a razor sharp commentary of male insecurity. Rod searches for a semblance of what society deems to be masculinity by doing action hero stunts. We watch him fail, showing the absurdity of the arbitrary standards we set for masculinity through the media. He proves himself a "man" by beating up his own father, not saving his life. Hot Rod shows that the idea of proving your manhood by fighting, an ideal that has persisted through time, from ancient Sparta to now, is still a thing, and it still is foolish.
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…
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Screenwriter: Pam Brady
Cinematographer: Andrew Dunn
Editor: Malcolm Campbell
Main Cast: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Jorma Taccone, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane, Will Arnett, Chris Parnell
RV Owner: Somebody's about to get their dick-hole smashed!
Rico: I'm freakin' pumped. I've been drinking green tea all goddamn day. God I go to church every goddamn Sunday! You gonna bring the demons out in me? This is my hat now! Totally my hat!
I watched this film three times on a plane to London when I was a sophomore in high school. Honestly, it could have been more, but I assure you it was absolutely not less. While the rest of the passengers were…
No es Wet Hot American Summer pero se parece.
The Lonely Island, con su absurdo y a ratos surreal humor, ha hecho una comedia redonda acerca de la inseguridad masculina del joven adulto.
Sí, así de intenso como suena. No por nada se encargaron de que titanes como Ian McShane y Sissy Spacek, le dieran credibilidad total a sus roles autoritarios, aún en el contexto idiota.
De resto, es exactamente lo que se puede esperar de The Lonely Island con aditivos de Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher y Will Arnett, entre otros.
Mención aparte tiene su gloriosa banda sonora. No solo pusieron a Queens of the Stone Age en disfraces en la escena final, sino que todo está lleno de gemas de Europe y Moving Pictures, entre otros.
Ah, y me hicieron recordar de nuevo, tras 20 años, el maravilloso himno "You're the voice" de John Farnham.
A man-child stunt man wanna be Rod trys to earn money for his stepfather surgery so he can fight him to earn his respect. Slapstick humour and very cheesy. Had a few laughs but overall I didn't enjoy it that much, the characters were to over the top which is ment to be its charm but they become more annoying then funny. Film was very predictable and at times found myself struggling to watch. Average at best couldn't recommend
Very much in the vein of the McKay/Ferrell collaborations, Hot Rod is one of those liberating comedies that refuses seriousness in any form. It doesn't try to feed the audience sappy dramatic moments that slow the energy and it doesn't ask its cast of SNL stars to be anything other than themselves. The result is down-right weird, but connecting to the movie's strangeness means the next bout of joyous, uncontrollable laughter could strike at any moment.
It has ups and down, but a good comedy for passing time.
Cute. Dumb. Fun. But I do have such a crush on Isla Fisher.
The hill/forest gag is an all-timer
This is so stupid and ridiculous. And I love it for that. It's very funny, but also has these insane touches added to it that seem to come out of nowhere. So bizarre, but that's what makes it fun. I'd like to see another comedy from this team
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 38 years old.