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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…
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…
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 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.
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Hot Rod  Rodney Kimble (Andy Samberg) is an amateur stunt man with the ambition to become the next Evil Knievel. Rod engages in hand to hand combat with his step-father Frank (Ian McShane) weekly, in order to acquire his respect. One day he is given the news that Frank dying, and his family cannot afford the bills for the operation. So Rod devises a plan with his crew (Jorma Taccome, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, and Isla Fisher) to acquire the money by attempting one of the biggest jumps of all time, to save Frank, and kick his ass.
Cool beans. The film is directed by Akiva Schaffer, a member of The Lonely Island (along with Andy Samberg, and Jorma…
I'm not saying that kiss was hot, but if the boner police were here, I'd demand a lawyer!
πως δεν το είχα δει αυτό το αριστούργημα;
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not the BEST thing ever made, but there is nothing BETTER than hot rod
I honestly can't believe I'm giving this movie four stars. The previews didn't look funny and I sure don't know anyone who saw it in the theatres, but I'd go so far as to say Hod Rod is the best stoner comedy since Grandma's Boy. This movie was classic! The story was kept to a minimum, it didn't try and pile on the sappy moments like most comedies do these days....shit, this movie didn't even try and make sense half the time. All I know is I was pissing myself laughing from beginning to end. It has some of the funniest, most random comedic moments I've ever seen (cool beans?!?!). I don't think I've ever seen a better use of…
Fantastic anarchy carnival of silliness.
This is the kind of movie that usually bombs at the box office, and then becomes gold on video. And that's because it was too awesome for the masses.
Andy Samberg plays a kid who's doing stunts to raise money for his stepfather (Ian McShane) in need of a heart transplant. This is so that he can kick the shit out of him when he recovers to force him to show some respect. That's right; reread the first two sentences. That's the plot of the movie.
The movie is riddled with stars you probably didn't know when it came out, but you definitely know now. Bill Hader drops some acid and goes to a hospital. Will Arnett douches it up…
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.