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Hot Rod (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 3 August 2007 (USA)
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

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

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3 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Az örök kaszkadőr  »

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

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$13,920,741 (USA) (21 September 2007)
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In the scene with Rod (Samberg) riding his bike to his date with Cathy (Britt Irvin) and singing "Ohhh when you're going on a date, and you put on a shirt! And you ride your bike to the daaaaate," was improvised by Andy Samberg. See more »

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Right before Rod goes down the hill on his wheeled sled, Denise's hands alternate between being in her back pockets and hanging by her sides in different shots. See more »

Quotes

Rod Kimble: Here I am, Frank. Get ready to meet your maker.
[Frank hits him in the face with crutches]
Rod Kimble: Oh, God! We hadn't even started yet!
Frank Powell: Never underestimate your opponent.
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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 The Search for Animal Chin (1987) See more »

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The Greatest Show on Earth
Written & Performed by Aaron Yeddidia, Glenn Holl & Peter Slevin
Courtesy of Killer Tracks
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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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