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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rod Kimble
... Kevin Powell
... Dave
... Rico
... Denise
... Marie Powell
... Frank Powell
... Jonathan
... Barry Pasternack
... Richardson
... Homeless Dude
... Maggie
... Trailer Guy
... Cathy
... Waitress
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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>

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Smack destiny in the face

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Comedy

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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  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$13,920,741, 23 September 2007
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Akiva Schaffer's mother makes a cameo as an extra in two scenes. She's pelted with flyers by Richardson as she walks to her van, and later, she is shown sitting next to him during the screening of Rod's video. See more »

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During the scene where all four of the Hot Rod team is marching down the street and the large crowd forms behind them, you can clearly see a Canadian RCMP car parked at the building in the immediate background. About 5-10 seconds later when it cuts back to the same shot, it has disappeared mysteriously. According to the story, this film takes place in the US state of Washington. See more »

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Newswoman: The dog walked itself home, ate a pizza and took a nap.
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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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Features The Long Goodbye (1973) See more »

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Cherokee
Written by Joey Tempest
Performed by Europe
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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4 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

Few movies in recent cinematic memory have fit into the category of "Love it or Hate it" as well as this one. Its humor is so varied, oftentimes so random, that you either find it hysterical, or you think it's stupid. Me? I'm going with the former... I think this movie's completely hilarious.

It possesses a goofy, charming quality, and has a lot of moments that left me laughing while asking my wife, "what the hell the was that?" It seems to echo a Family Guy style of humor in that regard. I personally found the characters all pretty likable...the kind of characters you enjoy watching. There was an obvious (and effective) effort to give each character a real personality, quirks and all.

In the end, I suggest you keep an open mind, sit back and enjoy the utter ridiculousness this movie affords you...and I'll bet you find yourself laughing, even if it's in spite of yourself.


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