I love the JD genre, and Hot Rod Rumble is definitely at the top for
Big Arnie is a tough guy (but not a bully, he's a decent guy) who was
dumped by his chick for being too rough around the edges. His car club
"The Road Devils" don't like him, but they keep him because he's their
best driver. (The team captain, however, has a soft spot for Arnie.)
And Arnie pretty much has just one best friend, who keeps on screwing
him over behind his back, including going after his chick, who merely
calls him an "imitation" of Big Arnie.
After a fatal car accident is erroneously blamed on Arnie, the whole
town is against him. His chick hates him, His car club hates him, his
parents don't believe him, the cops are looking to bust him, he gets
fired from his job...but he has to hold it all together in order to win
that big check by winning the big car race.
The guy who plays Big Arnie definitely has the role down. The film has
pretty much a zero budget but the cast go through their roles with
enthusiasm. There are awesome cars everywhere and a "hip" soundtrack.
Hot Rod Rumble definitely deserves a DVD release, as it's a fun entry
in the JD genre. It's little films like this in my opinion, and there
are a lot of them, that are much more fun to watch than stuff like
Rebel Without a Cause. Definitely seek this gem out.
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