Hot Rod

  • 12
  • Akiva Schaffer (2007)
  • US
  • 84 min
Hot Rod
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is the self-proclaimed Evel Knievel of suburban America, performing Jackass-style stunts on his moped. He's an incompetent daredevil, but when his macho stepdad Frank (Ian McShane) needs a life-saving heart operation, Rod dons his cape and fake moustache and attempts to earn $50,000 by jumping over 15 buses. Samberg, director Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone (who plays Rod's stepbrother) are Saturday Night Live alumni who gained internet fame with a fake rap video, so it's fitting that Rod's painful, amateur stunts wouldn't look out of place on YouTube. The rest of Samberg's humour is rather more patchy - lots of mirthless interludes only occasionally enlivened by spoofs of 1980s pop videos and childishly surreal asides on who would win a fight between a grilled cheese sandwich and a taco.

Plot Summary

Action comedy starring Andy Samberg and Isla Fisher. When his stepfather needs money to pay for an operation, incompetent daredevil Rod Kimble sets about raising the cash by organising the greatest stunt of his life: jumping 15 buses on a motorbike - a feat not even attempted by the legendary Evel Knievel.

Cast and crew

Cast

Rod Kimble
Andy Samberg
Denise
Isla Fisher
Kevin Powell
Jorma Taccone
Dave
Bill Hader
Rico
Danny McBride (2)
Marie Powell
Sissy Spacek
Frank Powell
Ian McShane
Barry Pasternack
Chris Parnell
Jonathan
Will Arnett
Richardson
Chester Tam

Crew

Director
Akiva Schaffer

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing, sexual references.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Sep 2007
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment
Categories
Comedy

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