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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

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

Gross:

$13,920,741 (USA) (21 September 2007)
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Feature directing debut Akiva Schaffer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Rod Kimble: Mom, have you seen my hip pads?
Marie Powell: In the kitchen.
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After the end credits roll we see Rod bowing to his old moped in the sunset. See more »

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References The Whoopee Boys (1986) See more »

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Two of Hearts
Written by John Mitchell
Performed by Stacey Swain (as Stacey Q)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A comedy which fails to deliver on the laughs
12 August 2013 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen Andy Samberg in any film before this but decided to watch Hot Rod because it was regularly popping up in some forum threads where people were recommending comedies. Man, what a massive disappointment. Andy Samberg just doesn't have the charisma or the talent to carry a movie. He's just annoying, boring and unlikable. The lines weren't delivered well and often the scenes were really drawn out (cool beans anyone?). The over the top laughing wasn't that great either. Most of the time it relies on physical comedy (Samberg failing a stunt) which is too obvious and unfunny. Then there's a lot of stuff which is just way out there, maybe they were some inside jokes between the production crew? I don't know. The film just tries too hard to be absurd and moronic to be funny. Also, what's up with that Asian guy humping the air? There were too many scenes where he was doing just that. I'm not sure who finds that funny.

I also don't think there was any chemistry between the actors. I could really see that they were acting and therefore the characters didn't seem real. It is extremely rare for me to start thinking "Yeah, that guy's clearly trying to act there". Not the case with Hot Rod as I was constantly taken away from the movie with the horrible acting. A completely amateurish attempt at movie making.

I didn't laugh once during the movie. And it's supposed to be a comedy! I have no idea why this movie has so many raving reviews on this site.


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