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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Excellent rare JD flick

8/10
Author: (stevenfallonnyc@yahoo.com) from NYC
9 May 2008

I love the JD genre, and Hot Rod Rumble is definitely at the top for me.

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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