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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
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…
"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.
Has some funny, surreal moments, but unfortunately has just as many bored slapstick sequences and tired one-liners.
Really committed stupid but I’m happy to go back for more.
A top notch dumb comedy that is 100% in my wheelhouse, especially with the music choices/music jokes.
This movie is such a fun time. The comedy (in some cases) is just up my alley. The main ways that this movie fails is that the comedy can tend to get TOO random. There is a point, in my mind at least, that random comedy turns stupid, and this movie crosses that line MANY times. That being said, this movie does not overstay its welcome being only about 1.5 hours. I found myself laughing out loud many times and for the most part, enjoying my experience. This movie, while the comedy is not good in many ways, overall does comedy correctly. Everything from the plot to the characters to even the music is all about being funny. Too many times today comedies try to become emotional as the films reach their climax, causing me to just stop caring if they fail (as they often do). This movie, however, never took itself seriously and had me laughing the entire time.
Rod is not very hot...
The movie failed in its short theatrical run but has become a cult classic since its release and its easy to see why as the movie’s oddball and goofy aesthetic is not for everyone… but it certainly worked for me. There is an undeniable charm that these incredibly idiotic characters elicit; they are just so fully oblivious to their childish, immature antics. Make no mistake about it, this is stupid stuff but I’ll be damned if it didn’t make me laugh a lot
Hot Rod is one of few comedy films thats mistakes can be, for the most part, be disregarded. Many may disagree with the sentiment, but it soon becomes clear that the film hardly concerns itself with a plot; plot in this film is barely anything but an excuse to stitch together its many jokes; many of which may seem lowbrow or cheap, but the film thankfully manages to pack more surprises than one would expect.
The characters can all be ultimately diminished to classic movie tropes; the goofball-ish, ever-aspiring lead, the sweet, supporting love interest caught in the clutches of her overbearing boyfriend, and the lead's goonish sidekicks, who supporting him throughout the journey of the film. This could have…
- 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…