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Hot Rod (2007)


6/10: I dare you not to like this movie! Hot Rod is indeed funny
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

While, this movie isn't a Saturday Night Life skit turn into a movie. It's feels like one that works. Hot Rod is a sports comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer, written by Pam Brady along with Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, who were uncredited. Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is a man-child daredevil stunt man, who is aspire to follow in his father's footsteps and become a famous stuntman himself. Meanwhile, his stepfather Frank (Ian McShane) fails to respect Rod as a man, often going out of his way to beat him in sparring sessions and mocking his stuntman dream, but when Frank is in urgent need of a heart transplant. Rod find the strength and courage to win his heart, by raising the money by doing a jump over the length of fifteen school buses, and give the proceeds to his stepfather's surgery. The movie's jokes, both physical slapstick action humor & dialogue...

9/10: Rowdy Roddy Hot Rod
Saturday, October 15, 2016

With a pal about to go and study business at a university,I asked if there was any kind of movie that she was keen on seeing,and got told that she was keen in watching a "Zany Comedy." Looking at lists of Comedy movies from the 2000's,I stumbled on a delightful looking Comedy which has somehow completely passed me by,which led to me jumping on the hot rod.The plot:Lovingly holding onto the photo his late dad took with Evel Knievel, Rod Kimble dreams of following all the tales that his mum tells him about dad,and become a legendary stuntman.Whilst he has big dreams,Kimble suffers one major problem:he is accident prone.Making sure that he is aware of his flaws,Kimble's step-dad Frank Powell beats him up,and tells Kimble that he will never have the guts to beat him in a fight. Returning home after another ill- fated...

6/10: Amusing tale could have been great shorter or with a more daring director
Sunday, October 14, 2007

Rod fancies himself a stunt man in the Evel Knievel mode. He also has a stepfather who doesn't really respect him because he doesn't fight (the step-dad) well. When the stepfather needs a heart operation Rod comes up with plan to raise the money so that he can get him well and then beat him up.Amusing film from an SNL alum that either needed to be about an hour long or directed by a more daring director willing to make it something more original. Its an amusing movie that has couple of big laughs, several smaller ones, and a charm that some how keeps it a float. Ian McShane as the stepfather is a hoot and the rest of the cast is pleasant. The problem with the film is simply that it never reaches very far past the premise nor does it strive to be anything more than run of the mill. This is a film...

6/10: Rev It Up
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hot Rod (2007): Dir: Akiva Schaffer / Cast: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Sissy Spacek, Bill Hader: Amusing if yet formula comedy about a guy with a dream with high stakes. Andy Samberg plays an amateur stunt guy set to raise money for a heart operation for his verbally abusive step-father. The stunts are hilarious mishaps but screenplay presents the wrong message in the conclusion. Director Akiva Schaffer gives an appropriate home video style appeal. The stunts are often hilarious and entertaining but the screenplay suffers. Samberg is hilarious in his focus upon being put down and his desire to raise money for no other reason other than to beat the sh*t out of his step-father. That certainly gives off the wrong message. Isla Fisher seems wasted as some girl next door whose prime function is to be a romantic prop. Ian McShane as the step-father is given great comic moments in his ability to best...

10/10: Rod Kimble as a Christ Figure
Sunday, May 20, 2018

First of all, this movie is one of my favorite comedies and is absolutely hilarious from start to finish.I just finished a book which has changed the way I view movies and read literature through the eyes of an English professor. This movie was my first victim. Does Rod Kimble represent a Christ Figure? Absolutely. And here's a list of everything I noticed throughout the film. Rod is in the right age bracket (around 23). He has disciples, 3 and then 4 of them. One of these disciples eventually betrays Rod (half brother) when he makes the film. He performs miracles (sort of...stunts). He runs off into the "wilderness" at one point of despair. He is constantly trying to live up to his father. He really has no father (dead dad). His love interest is a red head (Mary Magdalene). In the end he prepares to make the "ultimate sacrifice" for his father which ultimately inspires hope...

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