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Hot Rod


Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble (ANDY SAMBERG) has a problemhis step-father Frank (IAN MCSHANE) is a jerk.

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PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
5 out of 5

Awesomely dumb slapstick is for teens and adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like Jackass and The Dudesons before it, Hot Rod is a nearly nonstop cavalcade of stunts, pratfalls, and injuries. However, Rod never gets seriously hurt, and teens may be tempted to attempt several of the stunts. The movie also talks about the death of Rod's father and the animosity his stepfather holds for him, which may be difficult for teens who have been through the same. There's also lots of profanity, crude humor, and drug-related jokes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of dangerous stunts like those Rod attempts and at which he usually fails. Unlike shows like Jackass, this is fictional, and teens don't see the physical effects these stunts have on the people who attempt them. Why are the stunts, in particular, and violence, in general, funny in this movie?

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Hot Rod might be called the poor man's Eagle vs. Shark. Poor certainly describes the quality of the filmmaking.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, August 3, 2007

Fresh: Hot Rod emerges as a daffy, dorky summer surprise, a silly comedy of non sequiturs that feels like a cockeyed collaboration between Will Ferrell and Mel Brooks.

- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A lasting problem with so many SNL-populated movies is the ingrown clubbiness of its humor -- the suggestion, whether overt or implied, that comedy is nothing more than a funny idea flogged to death by a fraternity of late-night wags.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 3, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"I used to be legit. I was too legit. I was too legit to quit. but now I'm not legit. I'm unlegit. And for that reason, I must quit." 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. REVIEW For a fun, mindless and relaxing good time, check out "Hot Rod," one of those goofy, lowest-common-denominator slapstick comedies which won't do much to raise your IQ or make you a better person for having seen it, but which just might put a smile on your face - provided you're not too highbrow to give yourself over to it, that is. Prime credit for the movie's success goes to SNL's powerhouse-of-energy Andy Sandberg, an immensely gifted physical comedian who doesn't get nearly the recognition he deserves for his talents. Here he plays Rod Kimble, a developmentally-challenged wannabe daredevil who fancies himself the heir apparent to none other than the late great Evel Knievel himself. To that end, Rod devises elaborate stunts - usually involving jumping over large objects or a series of large objects on his secondhand moped - that invariably lead to his winding up face down in the dirt or smashed headlong into some massive immovable object. But you just can't keep a good stuntman down and, after every fall, Rod picks himself up, dusts himself off and, disregarding his bruised body and bruised ego, heads on to his next venture, eternally optimistic that this time he will be able to complete his mission. Rod's goal is to impress not only the pretty girl who lives next door (Isla Fisher) but his mucho macho step dad (Ian McShane) who thinks Rod is just a mollycoddled, cape-wearing pantywaist, undeserving of his respect. Joining in the fun are fellow SNL stars, Bill Hader and Chris Parnell, along with "Arrested Development"'s Will Arnett and acting legend Sissy Spacek to class up the joint. Replete with corny '80s-style musical montage sequences and some mighty impressive stunt work, "Hot Rod" will win you over with its good-natured dopiness and charm. And the good feeling that it engenders may even be worth those couple of brain cells you're sure to lose in the course of watching it.

- mrpopcorn, Saturday, September 18, 2010

3 stars

really stupid but really funny. B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 stars

Very pleasantly surprised! It's been a while since I've actually Lol-ed at a film. I noticed in the opening credits that it was produced by Will Ferrel and immediately I felt my heart sink, but although it feels like it should be one of his films and leading man Samburg has obviously been 'Inspired' by him, it's far funnier than anything he's ever done in my opinion. Ferrel is a selfish comedian, so in his absence everyone is given a fair crack of the comedy whip. Hot Rods greatest achievement, and a big reason why it works so well, is its brilliant direction. Some of the scenes are almost Ford-esque! (and a little Leone-ish). It's surreal editing is also very brave but brilliantly done. The cool beans scene was surreal, unexpected and all the more funny for it. A cross between Napoleon Dynamite and a really good version of Ricky Bobby (If you can imagine such a thing), a real below the radar comedy gem!

- SirPant, Thursday, June 10, 2010