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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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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Az örök kaszkadőr  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

During the filming of the opening scene where Rod attempts jumping over the bus, the stuntman playing Rod actually broke his leg. See more »

Goofs

A Canadian MAXIMUM 30 speed limit sign (Canadian signs read MAXIMUM in place of SPEED LIMIT) appears clearly when Rod does his luge down the hill. The movie is supposed to take place in Washington state. See more »

Quotes

Denise: Tai Chi teaches that if you focus your body and mind you'll be able to perform at the peak of your abilities.
Rod Kimble: Yes, sensei.
Denise: You don't have to call me sensei, Rod.
Rod Kimble: Got it. Sensei, I have a question: Is there a Tai Chi move that would make a grown man crap his pants and not know why?
Denise: I'm not gonna lie to you, Rod. That move does exist. But you're not ready for it yet.
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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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Referenced in Bros Before Hos (2013) See more »

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Time Has Come
Written by Joey Tempest
Performed by Europe
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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Absolutely Hysterical
29 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw the first screening ever of Hot Rod at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

As a fan of The Lonely Island, I went into this movie with high expectations. I can happily say that not only were they met but they were exceeded. This is by far the funniest, strangest and most ingenious comedy of the summer. The movie has some of the most random gags ever seen on film. This film is not for everyone: it has no stars and the comedy is very strange. But give it a chance and you will not regret it. The directing and editing of the film is both stylish and fast paced. Andy Samberg is hilarious as always but the supporting cast truly shines, particularly Bill Hader, Will Arnett and Ian McShane. Also look for an INSANELY hilarious cameo from director Akiva Shaffer. If you love the SNL digital shorts this movie is for you. Hot Rod is destined to be a cult comedy classic.


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