For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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.
Stupid as hell, but also funny as hell.
Hilarious Andy Samberg vehicle. This Fast-paced, short running time, gag-filled comedy is very rewatchable indeed.
I watched this because of a 15 second meme. Big fucking mistake!
Worth Watching? I laugh a lot, but maybe?
Story: A stuntman must perform the biggest stunt of his life to save his step dad and beat him up.
One Good Thing:
When I think of comedies, I think that the filmmaking should be just as fun as the final product. Not that there's always a direct 1 to 1 correlation between on set laughs and audience laughs, but I imagine having a fun set is a good start to having a funny movie. And when I watch Hotrod, I can't help but think about how much fun the cast and crew had making the smaller scale comedy. For the most part, the movie relies on the sketch…
Upon rewatching in full, and away from my normal group of friends, I realized how much of our casual banter comes directly from dialogue in this movie. Honestly it's kind of hilarious.
There is nothing not to love about this insane movie. The great jokes just keep coming and it has a rocking soundtrack.
Literally amazing. Danny McBride is fucking hilarious, and Bill Hader is too.
I uh… What? A Rotten Tomatoes review I saw sums it up perfectly: "Napoleon Dynamite, what have you created?"
Films with scenes where someone has a poo.
I'm 37 years old.