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.
Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation.
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.
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.
This movie is fucking hilarious. It has quickly become one of my favorite comedies.
Andy Samberg should make more movies like this and stay away from Adam Sandler.
Cool beans, cool cool beans!
"I needed to think about last night. So I galloped into a wooded glen, and after punch-dancing out my rage and suffering an extremely long and very painful fall, I realized what has to be done."
Hot Rod's ridiculousness is so off the wall and so prominent in every moment that I should have instant, endless love for it. But no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't connect to the ridiculousness. It's a perfectly fine comedy, with some very nice laugh-out-loud moments, but it just didn't work that well for me. That's even with a Europe-dominated soundtrack.
Funny actors being funny. "I been drinkin' green tea all day!" is probably one of my top five most quoted movie lines.
Obviously a dumb movie, but that's exactly what it wanted to be. It tried to be stupid, it tried to be obnoxious, it tried to be ridiculous, and that's what it was. It seemed a bit like a parody, especially a few scenes in particular (e.g. the "Quiet Place" scene, obviously reminiscent of <eg>Footloose</eg>), but not to the extent that it wasn't it's own movie. Hilariously silly performances from Samberg, Hader, and Fisher make the movie even better. Arnett was unlikable and annoying, as usual, though that was the purpose of his character. There were many genuinely funny scenes, as well as scenes that were funny due to the extremity of the purposeful stupidity. Definitely not a "good" movie, but it's definitely worth the watch for some great dumb humor, funny performances, and silly plot.
This is a film I love completely and 100% un-objectively.
"Why is Rod making out with his sister?"
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Hilarious. I have absolutely no complaints about the cast. So good.
One of the better Saturday Night Live star vehicles. Then again, many of them are worthless. Hot Rod just dodges greatness by never consistently going far enough with a fantastic cast. Samberg's Rod falling endlessly from a forested glen and Ebenezer Scrooge's insane appearance near the end truly surprise because of their timing and off-kilter ingenuity. It's too bad that Schaffer more often prefers throwaway sarcasm over full-blooded absurdity.
Some standout moments, and it wears its desire to be quotable on its sleeve (and does succeed there)...
And yet it can be added to the long line of SNL produced movies that renew my confidence that these folks are true masters… of sketch comedy, and barely competent when it comes to making movies.
So many great people wasted- or at best, misused- here.
Not sure why I was so harsh on this the first time I watched it, but I liked it this time round. Still not amazing though.
The best moment of this movie - Danny McBride repeatedly pushing Jorma into the bus in the background of a serious conversation.
- 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…