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Hot Rod

2007-12-21 13:26
What it's about:

Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is an urban teen who wants to emulate his dead father, a stuntman who died during a particularly dangerous jump. Aided by his loyal team, he plans to jump over 15 busses on his motorcycle, to raise money for a life-saving operation for his stepfather Frank (Ian McShane) and win over the girl of his dreams (Isla Fisher).

What we thought of it:

Hot Rod was created by a trio of current Saturday Night Live comedians – Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and director, Akiva Schaffer – and it shows in the worst possible way. SNL has given birth to gems like Wayne's World and Zoolander, but this comedy falls way short of the mark.

Merging the retro stylings of Tallageda Nights and Anchorman with a more hit and miss Scary Movie approach, Hot Rod lacks consistency. It's painfully obvious that all involved come from a skit comedy background, because the film plays like a barely connected series of random jokes, many of which don't work. Rod is a mix between Napoleon Dynamite and some Will Ferrell creation, and while Andy Samberg is charming enough to pull it off, there is often a sense that there is nothing else to the character. He exists only to ride his bike into walls and wear fake facial hair.

There are a few energetic, laugh out loud skits in Hot Rod, but at the end of the day all you have is a very disjointed film with more yawns than laughs.

With some merciless editing, Hot Rod could have been the most jaw achingly funny 20 minutes you'd see this year. Instead it's just bad bigscreen TV.

- Ivan Sadler
Aspiring stuntman Rod Kimble wants to perform a dangerous stunt to raise money for his stepfather's operation, so that he can beat him at wrestling. Together with his team, they prepare for a death-defying feat.

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