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Hot Rod

Hot Rod

Akiva Schaffer (2007)

84min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

Small-town loser Rod dreams of being an Evel Knievel-style daredevil motorcyclist, despite having little, if any, talent for it. When his stepfather becomes critically ill, the family needs to raise money for a life-saving heart operation, so Rod decides to rise to the occasion by planning a record-breaking stunt. Comedy, starring Andy Samberg, Ian McShane and Sissy Spacek.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Akiva Schaffer
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Guidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 28 Sep 2007

Comedy

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