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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During Rod's conversation with Denise after he leaps over the trash can and lands in the bushes, Denise is holding her dog on a leash while she speaks with Rod. She later turns when a far off dog barks and says, "Well I gotta go, I gotta feed Buddy." See more »


Rod Kimble: [pronouncing the 'wh'] The safe word is "WHiskey."
Kevin Powell: Sorry, Rod, What was that?
Rod Kimble: [pronouncing the 'h'] "WHiskey"
Kevin Powell: [pronouncing it with a silent 'h'] Don't you mean "Whiskey?"
Rod Kimble: [pronouncing the 'h'] WHat?
Kevin Powell: You're saying it weird.
Rod Kimble: [pronouncing every W as WH] Saying WHat WHEird?
Kevin Powell: All of it.
Rod Kimble: [pronouncing the 'h']
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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 The Search for Animal Chin (1987) See more »


For He's a Golly Good Fellow
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User Reviews

listen to this mother...we all loved this movie!
17 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our family consists of a fiftyish dad, a fortyish mom and two teenaged daughters. We all saw this movie during a sneak preview just before it opened, and I (the mom) laughed so hard I could barely breathe sometimes. I had to stop laughing so I could hear what I was missing. One of my daughters said it was a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Talladega Nights...maybe. It was completely improbable, I mean, who's going to be doing stunts on a moped? But it was so sweet. The characters never over reached who they were or tried too hard. It never felt forced, like so many movies like this do. The best part was when Rod went to his "Quiet Place". I saw one summary that said it would have been better with Will Ferrell...I've enjoyed everything Will Ferrell has done lately, but Andy Samberg was perfect for this movie. The ending was pretty predictable, but it was like taking a trip...you knew where you'd end up, but it was so much fun along the way. We definitely loved this movie and recommend it to all our friends (and you!)

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