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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.

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

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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Originally intended as a vehicle for Will Ferrell. He received an Executive Producer credit. The Lonely Island re-wrote the script, because it couldn't be read without Ferrell in mind, and Schaffer didn't want the movie to be an impression of Ferrell. See more »

Goofs

Rod's dolphin necklace changes position when he is lying down after having been given CPR by Denise. 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 »

Connections

Features The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »

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You're the Voice
Written by Andy Qunta, Maggie Ryder, Keith Reid & Chris Thompson
Performed by John Farnham
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label and SONY BMG Music Entertainment (Australia) Pty Limited
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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A Triumph Over American Comedy Trends
5 November 2007 | by colin-mcarthurSee all my reviews

I watched Hot Rod for the same reasons i've watched any of the generic American comedies that Hollywood seems to churn out. Because i had nothing better to do, i didn't want to have to think and i expected to be very mildly amused. I was very pleasantly surprised when Hot Rod turned out to have a bit of heart. This movie seems to occupy a middle point between the fairly predictable but fun Blades of Glory and the rather more charming and oddball Napoleon Dynamite. Most recent American comedies seem to function like early Tom Cruise films : Take a vocation and run with it. Blades of Glory had the fairly ridiculous world of figure skating to draw from, and i guess you can't really go wrong with a grown man in lycra on ice skates, but it's humour relied heavily on that. Hot Rod is a film about a (pretty terrible) young stuntman who's objective is to raise enough money to save his dying step-dad by means of a life saving operation. His underlying reason for doing so, however, is because he wants to earn his respect by beating him in a fight. This little quirk and more are what make Hot Rod a little more satisfying than other films in its genre, and, despite some rather obvious jokes and a criminally underused Will Arnett, it's well worth watching.


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