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Jake Peralta is always very funny
This film was AWSOME! A straight up "dumb comedy" classic! If your a fan of "Tommy Boy, Dodgeball, Hot Shots, Dumb & Dumber, Anchorman, Animal House, Napoleon Dynamite, Satchquash Gang, 40 Year Old Virgin" just to name a few... then you will find this movie absolutely hilarious! Andy Samberg comes through strong and funny as hell in his first major lead role.
this movie kept me laughing
Random is the only word I can use to really describe this movie. If youre a fan of the Lonely Island's other work (which I am) then this movie is for you. Full of funny and awkward moments, this movie had me laughing so hard. It also includes the longest falling scene in cinema history! Totally worth the watch!
k funy in parts but nothing special, would have loved ot see Jon hader in the leading role could have saved the film even though andy samberg did OK
This is the funniest movie i have ever seen
Hey, anything with Andy Samberg and Danny McBride is funny.
I'm a sucker for dumb comedies, I guess the fact that I am a single white college student, doesn't help either. Anyways I laughed til I cried in Hot Rod, and I am not ashamed to say that I loved every minute of it.
In Hot Rod, we see the hits coming, but they never happen the way we expect them too.

This is what separates Hot Rod from other run-of-the-mill comedies. The plot follows the same formula as many comedies, but Andy Samberg and his team bring a breathe of fresh air to the usual antics.

Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) lives with his mom, Marie (Sissy Spacek), his brother, Kevin (Jorma Taccone), and his unloving stepfather, Frank (Ian McShane). Apart from longing to become a professional stunt man, like his deceased father, Rod's dream is to one day beat up his stepfather in order to earn his respect. After many failed attempts at both, Rod learns his stepfather has a heart condition and needs $50,000 for a transplant. Rod is not about to let his stepfather die, not because he loves him, but because he has yet to 'kick his ass'. In an effort to fulfill both dreams, Rod decides he is going to jump 15 buses (that's one more than Evil Knievel jumped) to raise the money.

Of course, no comedy would be complete without a love interest. This is where Isla Fisher comes in as Denise, the girl next door who has been friends with Rod for years and is now a hottie, but has a high class snobby boyfriend (yeah, it's that predictable). I'll let you figure out how this turns out.

Rod's team of misfits includes his brother Kevin, his best friends, Dave (Bill Hader) and Rico (Danny McBride), and eventually Denise.

What separates Rod from other stunt men, apart from the fact his stunts all fail miserably, is his vehicle of choice, an old moped. Rod also wears a fake mustache during his stunts. After one of Rod's stunts, he suffers a fall which rivals Westley and Buttercup's fall in The Princess Bride (1987) for longest fall in a film.

Rod enlists the help of his teammates to practice for the big jump. These 'practice sessions' usually end with Rod in worse shape, and no closer to his goal, than when he began. There is one scene in particular where Danny McBride shines in the ignorant-hotheaded-redneck role he plays so well as he is beating a guy while screaming at him that he goes to church "every goddamn Sunday". Another comedy mainstay is the 1980's style montage showing the progress of Rod and his crew.

The film uses a lot of music from the 1970's and 1980's. Some of it is the usual fare, but there are a few tracks which might surprise you, like the usage of The Chase by Giorgio Moroder.

In the end, Hot Rod is a comedy which not only asks the question, "Who would win in a fight between a taco and a grilled cheese sandwich?", but also answers it.
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Rod Kimble is an eccentric kid built in the mold of Napoleon Dynamite. His father has passed away and he lives with his mom and stepdad. The stepdad and Rod have regular fights in the basement where if Rod wins, he will be deemed man of the house. Nevertheless, Rod never wins. When his stepdad is diagnosed with a terminal disease that requires $5,000 to pay for his treatment, Rod springs into action to raise money. Rod will not let his stepdad die without getting a fair-and-square ass beating.

"All great men have mustaches."
"Yeah, but great men grow real ones."

Akiva Schaffer, director of Awesometown, Regarding Ardy, White Power, and the upcoming The Adventurer's Handbook, delivers Hot Rod. The storyline for this picture is presented well; specifically, the relationship between Rod and his stepfather. The acting was a bit better than anticipated. The cast includes Adam Samberg and Ian McShane.

"Never sneak up on a man who's been in a chemical fire."

Hot Rod is a film that I have been reluctant to see for some time due to the previews. The previews showcased a film that appeared to have inconsistent content. Well, that aspect of the film held true, this was better than I anticipated. Based on the previews, I thought that this would be like Super Troopers; instead, this was more like a poor man's Nacho Libre. Overall, I recommend seeing this film but not obtaining it on DVD.

"I'd rather die than live in a world where I can't kick your ass."

Grade: C+
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