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Hot Rod (2007)

 -  Comedy  -  3 August 2007 (USA)
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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.

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Storyline

Rod Kimble is a naïf, a slacker living in a small US town with his mom, his younger brother, and his stepfather whose respect he craves. He also misses his dead dad, whom he thinks was Evel Knievel's back-up. Rod, a man-child, believes that he is a stunt man. When his stepfather needs an operation, with help from his brother and his slacker pals, Rod hatches a plan to set a school-bus-jumping record on his moped. First, his crew and he have to raise money to rent the buses and build the ramp. Trouble is, Rod's inept at his chosen career. Looming failure is complicated by the return of Denise, Rod's next-door neighbor and secret heartthrob, who is home from college. Is public humiliation at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Smack destiny in the face

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,310,711 (USA) (3 August 2007)

Gross:

$13,920,741 (USA) (21 September 2007)
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Trivia

There are a few subtle references to professional wrestling in the movie, including two of the characters wearing WWE t-shirts. In one scene Rod wears a Hulk Hogan "Hulkamania" t-shirt, and in another Dave wears a "Stone Cold" Steve Austin t-shirt. See more »

Goofs

Several times throughout the movie, we can see police cars in the background blocking off the streets used during filming. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Whatever happened to "Live as a team. Die as a team"?
Rod Kimble: It's a sham, okay? There's no such thing as a team. You live and die alone.
Rico: [to Rod] Do you see what you're doing to him? You're making him upset. How important is this to you, huh? I don't even cry, and look at me. You're about to make tears come out of my face.
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Rico: Who am I supposed to build ramps for? Who am I supposed to build ramps for now?
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits roll we see Rod bowing to his old moped in the sunset. See more »

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References Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984) See more »

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Skulls
Written by Glenn Danzig
Performed by Misfits meet the Nutley Brass
Courtesy of Misfits Records / Rykodisc
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Funny? Hell Yeah.
25 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I saw a screening of Hot Rod. From some the comments posted here I thought we were going to be bored. Nothing could have been further from the truth. This film was really funny! So funny, that I'm wondering if the people who say they hated it actually saw the same film. No, its not fine art, its a summer comedy, and it delivers plenty of laughs. I am middle-aged guy whose not into early Adam Sandler, or Napoleon Dynamite type comedies, and this movie had me laughing hard. Sure, not at every single joke, but at most of them. If you are into absurdest humor, or enjoyed movies like Hot Fuzz, or Super Troopers, you'll find plenty to enjoy. P.S. My wife liked it too.


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