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.
What may appear to be a silly comedy made of SNL alum, is actually a razor sharp commentary of male insecurity. Rod searches for a semblance of what society deems to be masculinity by doing action hero stunts. We watch him fail, showing the absurdity of the arbitrary standards we set for masculinity through the media. He proves himself a "man" by beating up his own father, not saving his life. Hot Rod shows that the idea of proving your manhood by fighting, an ideal that has persisted through time, from ancient Sparta to now, is still a thing, and it still is foolish.
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…
Today is the day 2015 comes to a close, and thus wraps up my first year on Letterboxd. I had no idea I would end up having so many wonderful people read my stuff and enjoy what I have to say about many movies both old and new.
I want give a massive shout outs to Todd Gaines, Ryan Narc, Micaiah Beasley, Zackary Bender, Sarah_C, Mark T, Karl Hungus, and Ninty64X for helping me get so far this year!
Mark, thanks for being my first ever follower and liking a good amount of my earliest reviews. Zackary, thanks for letting me make you laugh with my reviews. Ryan, thanks for boosting my likes up and writing your own really good…
The moving story of an amateur stuntman that has to raise 50,000 dollars for a life saving surgery for his step dad, so he can then punch his step dad in the face for respect.
Hot Rod. Not a fan of the man-child genre. This one surprised me. Seems smarter than most. Loved the Footloose dance homage. Plus Samburg.
Hot Rod makes no apology in it's endorsement of absurdity. There no attempt to change the cinematic landscape, nor to leave audiences with a mind-blowing experience. What the film does do is provide a entertaining ride that uses it's unconventional humor to the fullest. It quite understandable to see where the cult following for Hot Rod comes from, as those who looking for a pinch of absurdity in their entertainment will find plenty of it here.
What makes the film quite charming comes from the main lead, Rod Kimball. I always have quite a softball for a good underdog to root for, and Rod is no exception. Wanting to live up to father legacy as a respectable stuntman(As well as…
One of the best comedies ever
"I used to be legit. I was too legit. I was too legit to quit. But now, I'm not legit. I'm unlegit. And for that reason, I must quit."
This movie is everything to me.
So much comedic brilliance in this weird, quirky and fun piece of cinema. It is watchable over and over...and quotable. So fun
Well, that was a Movie
Honestly, I fucking love this movie. I think it's one of my favorite comedies. Totally underrated. The comedy style is so strange and stupid, sometimes feeling a bit like a Tim And Eric skit, but I absolutely love it. Never fails to make me laugh.
Film #1 of the 2016 Awards Season Scavenger Hunt!
Task #6: A film with less than 45% on Rotten Tomatoes or metacritic that you like
Once upon a time, a youngster went to see this movie in a movie theater in Santa Monica with a pair of cousins in a trip to California. He laughed so hard he spit soda and embarrased himself in front of a lot of pretty girls. That youngster was, of course, me.
I love this movie with all my heart. It might not break new ground in comedy, but Andy Samberg has a lot of charm.
I'm back, after two months of intense sessions of The Phantom Pain, I'm back with y'all. Let's play.
A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.