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Hot Rod (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 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.

Director:

Akiva Schaffer

Writer:

Pam Brady
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Samberg ... Rod Kimble
Jorma Taccone ... Kevin Powell
Bill Hader ... Dave
Danny McBride ... Rico
Isla Fisher ... Denise
Sissy Spacek ... Marie Powell
Ian McShane ... Frank Powell
Will Arnett ... Jonathan
Chris Parnell ... Barry Pasternack
Chester Tam ... Richardson
Mark Acheson ... Homeless Dude
Brittany Tiplady ... Maggie
Ken Kirzinger ... Trailer Guy
Britt Irvin ... Cathy
Alana Husband ... Waitress
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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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Taglines:

Smack destiny in the face

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az örök kaszkadőr See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,310,711, 5 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,920,741, 23 September 2007
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Near the closing of the movie, when Rod is seen growing a mustache of his own, the facial hair itself changes in length throughout the next few scenes. See more »

Quotes

Rico: [putting on stolen hat] This is my hat now! This is totally my hat!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.29 (2013) See more »

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Thrust Away
Written by Jorma Taccone
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Landmark Achievement in American Cinema
6 August 2007 | by j-burke-2See all my reviews

If you're looking for THE ground-breaking cinematic achievement this summer, look no further than this hidden gem. This movie is chalk full of cool beans! It is destined to have a long life as a cult-classic. Sissy Spacek plays an extremely strong woman with unending patience and the emotional strength of Hercules. Don't be surprised if she garners a lot of support come Oscar time.

Our hero is surrounded by a devoted team of friends that double as his stunt crew. In the spirit of Evel Knievel, each stunt is meticulously worked on until perfected. The characters are well developed and the writers and directors go to great lengths to demonstrate the difficulty in being raised by a step-father and winning his respect, especially when your younger, half-brother is of his blood line. The dramatic tension at times got so thick, I constricted into the fetal position and caught fleeting glimpses between my fingers covering my face.

When discussion of great directors comes up, the names like Scorcese, Coppola, and Spielberg are bandied about. Well, it is time add the name Akiva Shaffer to the pantheon of Hollywood Heavyweights. The plot twists keep you guessing, until an ending that I just didn't see coming.

Let me be the first to congratulate Andy Samberg for his ascension to SuperStardom. He is officially a MegaStar.

Honestly, this movie is Napolean dynamite on steroids. My eight-year-old son, my wife, and I loved it. And, I'm not as think as you dumb I am.


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