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Hot Rod (2007)

PG-13  |   |  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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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



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)  »

Also Known As:

Az örök kaszkadőr  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rod sings that he does his laundry without pants and is in his underwear. He then walks into a room, wearing pants. This blooper was entirely intentional and was planned by director Akiva Schaffer. See more »


During the scene when Rod and Denise first kiss, Rod has his helmet on and it is strapped. Before they kiss, Rod takes off the helmet and the strap isn't strapped anymore. See more »


Rod Kimble: I needed to think about last night. So I galloped into a wooded glen, and after punch-dancing out my rage and suffering an extremely long and very painful fall, I realized what has to be done.
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Crazy Credits

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


References American Anthem (1986) See more »


One More Try
Written by George Michael
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4 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Few movies in recent cinematic memory have fit into the category of "Love it or Hate it" as well as this one. Its humor is so varied, oftentimes so random, that you either find it hysterical, or you think it's stupid. Me? I'm going with the former... I think this movie's completely hilarious.

It possesses a goofy, charming quality, and has a lot of moments that left me laughing while asking my wife, "what the hell the was that?" It seems to echo a Family Guy style of humor in that regard. I personally found the characters all pretty likable...the kind of characters you enjoy watching. There was an obvious (and effective) effort to give each character a real personality, quirks and all.

In the end, I suggest you keep an open mind, sit back and enjoy the utter ridiculousness this movie affords you...and I'll bet you find yourself laughing, even if it's in spite of yourself.

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