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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 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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Trivia

Prior to the film's release, The Lonely Island (comprised of Samberg, Taccone, and Schaffer) promoted the film with interstitials during Comedy Central movie marathons. In the promos, the trio attempted to convince viewers that Hot Rod was the story of a sex-offender, "he does stunts to raise money to sex-offend." See more »

Goofs

In the scene before Rod attempts to jump the pool, he is talking to Denise and there appears to be a towel next to the ramp. However, when he gets to the top of the ramp the towel is missing. See more »

Quotes

Denise: Who cares what anyone thinks?
Rod Kimble: You don't get it, do you Denise? I used to be legit. In fact, I was too legit. I was too legit to quit. But now I'm not legit. I'm un-legit. And for that reason I must quit.
Denise: You don't mean that.
Rod Kimble: Yeah, I do... Stay Sweet.
[Turns around and walks away]
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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 Les vilains (2016) See more »

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Rock Nation
Written & Performed by Scott Nickoley & Jamie Dunlap
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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Absolutely Hysterical
29 June 2007 | by jonok0See all my reviews

I just saw the first screening ever of Hot Rod at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

As a fan of The Lonely Island, I went into this movie with high expectations. I can happily say that not only were they met but they were exceeded. This is by far the funniest, strangest and most ingenious comedy of the summer. The movie has some of the most random gags ever seen on film. This film is not for everyone: it has no stars and the comedy is very strange. But give it a chance and you will not regret it. The directing and editing of the film is both stylish and fast paced. Andy Samberg is hilarious as always but the supporting cast truly shines, particularly Bill Hader, Will Arnett and Ian McShane. Also look for an INSANELY hilarious cameo from director Akiva Shaffer. If you love the SNL digital shorts this movie is for you. Hot Rod is destined to be a cult comedy classic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,310,711, 5 August 2007

Gross USA:

$13,938,332

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,353,654
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2.35 : 1
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