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Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride ... see more see more... , Ian McShane , Sissy Spacek , Chris Parnell , Will Arnett , Brittney Irvin

Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem--his step-father Frank is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll in their weekly sparring sessions and definitely doesn't respect him, ... read more read more...much less his stunts. But, when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: Jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then... kick his ass.

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105 critics

DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007

Stats: 19,697 reviews

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  • June 15, 2014
  • February 9, 2014
    Smack destiny in the face.

    Good Comedy! 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 t... read morehe supporting cast truly shines, particularly Bill Hader, Will Arnett and Ian McShane. If you love the SNL digital shorts this movie is for you. Hot Rod is destined to be a cult comedy classic.

    Rod Kimble is a naf, 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?
  • April 14, 2013
    Oh man, how it boggles my mind to think that they got so many talented people to be a part of this.

    Rod Kimble is a delusional, would be stuntman who dreams of the big time, but generally fails to do anything substantial or remarkable. Badgered on by his abusive stepfather, Rod ... read morefinally gets his stuff together to organize a major stunt on the level of someone like Evel Kievel.

    I think this would have worked better as a short than as a feature. It's pretty silly, ridiculous, and lame, and not really that good, is surprisingly funny and amusing...more than once even.

    In that regard it is like Step Brothers. It's a bad movie, but it gets a pass for somehow being funny and mildly entertaining more than it has any right to be. It's supremely silly, but if you are in the mood for something like that, then I guess it would be fine.
  • April 7, 2013
    Rod Kimble: Who wants to see me do a big-ass stunt?

    "Smack Destiny In The Face"

    Hot Rod is a weird, weird movie. I don't see a target audience for a film like this. I always just assumed it was a family movie, but after watching it, I found out it is really geared more towards ... read moreteenagers. The thing is, I can't see how any teenager would really want to watch this and I know most adults would find this as idiotic and unfunny as I did. So without an audience, you're going to fail and that's exactly what I view Hot Rod as... a failure.

    Rod Kimble is a twenty something, amateur stunt man. He basically does his own stunts with his crew, which always lead to pain and no success. When his stepfather, who he hates, is dying; he decides to try to put a jumpy together and raise the money to save him. Not because he loves him, but he wants to beat the shit out of him and he needs him alive to do so. The jump he will be attempting is 15 buses and he needs to raise $50,000 in doing so.

    This is one of those comedies that believes that long, no content dialogue and characters that occasionally talk weird and do stupid shit are funny. They aren't. Andy Sandberg is annoying as fuck as Rod, and that writing that supports his character couldn't be much more annoying either.

    I would highly recommend skipping this one. It's boring, hard to sit through, tedious, stupid, and terribly done. I could see it distracting a 6 year old, but other than that, it's really more work than joy when you sit down to watch this one.
  • October 31, 2012
    Frequently funny but lacking any true comedy punches. Full review later.
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    September 3, 2012
    Consistently hilarious in that random SNL Digital Short way, yet completely insubstantial and forgettable, Hot Rod comes out to be a weightless but undeniably entertaining comedy.
  • May 19, 2012
    It's fairly lame, how did Isla Fisher get mixed up in this? A few mild laughs but not much. It's a bit like Jackass but with a silly plot to go with it.
  • January 22, 2012
    A breath of fresh air in the comedy genre which has lately seen its fair share of movies overwrought with gross out gags. While this film doesn't reinvent the wheel, it is a delight to watch if you are bored on a thursday night. While it does drag in some parts and has many momen... read morets so stupid that one cannot force themselves to laugh, the majority of the film will leave you with a smile on your face.
  • November 13, 2011
    Hot Rod, have everything to be a good comedy film, but Schaffer's picture, present just a few funny scenes, become very silly and nothing funny, the dumb screenplay just get worse, what make a bad start for The Lonely Island in the movies. Rotten.
  • October 27, 2011
    One of the funniest and original films in the past decade. It is extreamly under-rateted and hasent been given the prober respect and praise it diserves. This film is 'Cool Beans'

Critic Reviews

Roger Moore
May 13, 2009
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

What works, wonderfully, are the falls, the punch-outs (his brawls with Stepdad are brutal throw-downs) and waiting for that next accident to happen. Full Review

Claudia Puig
September 1, 2007
Claudia Puig, USA Today

If you're looking for plausibility, this is not your movie. If you're looking for laughs, this is not your movie. If you like seeing delusional overgrown adolescents fall down a lot, then this one's f... Full Review

Richard Roeper
August 9, 2007
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

We know from the Lazy Sunday bits Samberg's a funny guy, but he doesn't have enough to work with here.

Kyle Smith
August 5, 2007
Kyle Smith, New York Post

Started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek." Full Review

J. R. Jones
August 3, 2007
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts. Full Review

Tony Wong
August 3, 2007
Tony Wong, Toronto Star

Imagine a Stand by Me on wheels, with dialogue spoken by 20-something actors instead of 12-year-olds, and you have the essence of the script. Full Review

Peter Hartlaub
August 3, 2007
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

There's something that seems almost important about this picture. The creators have harnessed everything that's good about YouTube, and translated it into a big-screen movie. Full Review

Tom Keogh
August 3, 2007
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

A perfect storm of absurdist sight gags and sketch-comedy consciousness. Somewhere in there is the wobbly shape of a story, which Schaffer and company stretch to its limits without entirely losing the... Full Review

Stephen Whitty
August 3, 2007
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

There is nothing remotely 'worthwhile' in this mix. Full Review

Elizabeth Weitzman
August 3, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Most of the jokes either drag on endlessly or are cut short without a real punch line. Full Review

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    • Dave: You know pools are perfect for holding water.
    • Rod Kimble: What did i just say to Dave?
    • Rico: Who?
    • Kevin Powell: I like to party I'm Rod.
    • Rod Kimble: No! you're Kevin.
    • Kevin Powell: Right, I party.
    • Rod Kimble: No Kevin, I know for a fact you don't party
    • Kevin Powell: Right, Dave's the party guy
    • Dave: Haha sweet.
    • Rod Kimble: Oh my god shut up.
    • Rod Kimble: Who do you think would win in a fight between a grilled cheese and a taco?
    • Rod Kimble: You look pretty.
    • Denise: Sorry?
    • Rod Kimble: I said you look shitty! Good night Denise!
    • Rico: I've been drinking green tea all god damn day!
    • Kevin Powell: Wow Rod, I can't believe she said yes.
    • Dave: Yeah, well, you have only to believe if you wish to achieve, Kevin. That rhymed. Unintentional.
    • Dave: Man, Rod! I am just green with jealous rage right now.

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