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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.
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.
Haven't seen this film in a little while but back in 2008-2009 this was on high rotation. Still absurdly hilarious. I think that opening scene is probably the single greatest thing to have ever happened to cinema. Highly watchable, extremely quotable and incredibly funny.
"BOOM! THERE'S THE FLAVOUR!!!!"
This is what happens when there is more laughing in the editor's room than actual editing
Four stars seems really high to me but this movie makes me laugh every time. I cannot ignore that, I cannot! The premise is ridiculous but they ground it in reality for the most part. When it's not grounded in reality for the most part, it gets really funny. That line is toed expertly. The whole movie is pratfalls but they are really good pratfalls and played off very well.
Samberg doesn't need to command the screen in his first venture from SNL, he just has to keep us laughing. I think he succeeds. The benefit of a sketch performer is when a joke in this film doesn't work, they don't linger. They move on. That pace helps it. I…
My review -- this film is now on DVD and it was very close to making a minus of roughly $10 million. The storyline/contents well as viewers we meet Rod Kimble [stuntman,] as he finds out his stepfather that has never respected him will soon be dead if he does not have the $50,000 heart operation, so he decides to get his gang of stunt organizers to arrange fundraising, to see if he can make it happen and to see if his stepfather will live on, you will have to watch this film to find out? Well what catches my eye straightaway is the fact that the comedy style or comedy level is extremely juvenile and for their it has…
Watched with Simpson, Ross and Jonny in Millennium Tower
Well it made me laugh out loud a few times, which is a great start. Andy Samberg is a really funny guy to watch.
Still, it is basically a purely simple dumb comedy. Some funny lines and scenes, but overall nothing really new or super memorable.
makes me laugh, love the dialogue and overall really fuckin fun
This is not a great film, nor is it a good one. But I laughed many times. Many, many times.
Hot Rod has The Lonely Island written all over it. From its silly plot to even sillier jokes, Hot Rod even stars Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone as well as being directed by Akiva Schaffer.
I like their work on The Lonely Island and Hot Rod is the kind of comedy I like. Yes it is very ridiculous but it has heart, something that is missing from many of the comedies released these days.
Samberg is very funny in the lead role and he is given great support from Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher, Will Arnett and Ian McShane as his unsupportive stepfather.
Hot Rod made me laugh out loud at times and with a fantastic soundtrack full of 80s tunes, I was always going to like it.
Particular highlights include the parody of the Kevin Bacon dance in Footloose and the walk to the final stunt that leads to a riot, set to John Farnham's 'You're The Voice'.
HOT ROD is not a great movie. The plot - with Andy Samberg's wannabe stuntman Rod Kimble trying to raise money for a heart transplant for his stepfather - is paper-thin, and built around a fairly one-note set of gags. The pacing is wildly uneven, the characters aren't particularly original, and there are whole stretches of gags and setpieces that just miss the mark. And yet somehow I can't help but find this film likeable. Whenever I started to feel like I was getting bored, there'd be some glorious pastiche of an '80s montage or a ridiculous fight scene between Andy Samberg and Ian McShane. Overall, despite its many flaws, I found HOT ROD quite charming in a goofy kinda way.
- 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…