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Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Taylor is preparing for the jump of his life. Rod plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank’s life-saving heart operation. He’ll land the jump, get Frank better, and then fight him, hard.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 8 S-words, 3 GDs, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief glimpse of animal sex. VIOLENCE: Hard falls and fights, all played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Explosions and fights. COMEDY: Silly slapstick and dialogue throughout; raunchy humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good It's funny pretty much all the way through,... The movie is funny because it is sincere. It likes Rod. It doesn't portray him as a maniacal goofball, but as an ambitious kid who really thinks, every single time, that he will succeed.
USA TodayFull Review Average The film has a few mildly funny moments, but not enough to call this a bona fide comedy. Even to label it sophomoric and predictable seems an understatement. It feels like a protracted Saturday Night Live sketch, one that wouldn't have been particularly funny had it been five minutes long.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 43 moviegoers:It was a struggle to collect even 43 moviegoer reviews from the young crowd seeing this movie.
TEENS:"Hot Rod" is clearly targeted at teen males and about half of them truly enjoyed it rating it "Very Good," or higher. Fortunately, most of the remaining half rated it "Good," which indicates an OK/average movie. Since about 90% enjoyed "Hot Rod," at least to some degree, I have no problem recommending it to teens, especially males.
EVERYONE ELSE:A few older moviegoers enjoyed it very much but as the age increases the reviews go down quite a bit. Still, about half the adult males and three-quarters of the adult females rated it as an OK/average movie, or better and very few truly disliked it. So, if this looks like your type of movie then chances are pretty good that you will find it, at least somewhat, enjoyable.
Rod Kimble (Samberg), a self-proclaimed stuntman, is
convinced he has bravery in his blood. He's grown up
believing he's the son of Evel Knievel's test-rider, a
courageous stuntman who died in his prime. Rod is committed
to fulfilling his father's legacy. Only problem is…he sucks!
Rod lives at home with his loving mom Marie (Sissy
Spacek), jerk of a stepfather Frank (Ian McShane) and nerdy
stepbrother Kevin (Jorma Taccone.) He doesn't have a job,
and can usually be found doing stunts on his moped,
attempting to jump over everything from milk trucks to public
swimming pools. Rod and his team – Dave (Bill Hader), the
mechanic; Rico (Danny McBride), the ramp builder and Kevin,
the team manager/videographer – are inseparable. It's almost
like they share a brain. When Rod's neighbor Denise (Isla
Fisher) joins the team, the group's IQ virtually doubles.
Rod remains optimistic in spite of the abuse he suffers
from his stepfather. Frank has a penchant for beating the
tar out of Rod, who just keeps coming back for more in the
hopes of earning Frank's respect by besting him in one of
their regular knock-down brawls. When Frank gets sick and
needs a $50,000 operation, Rod attempts to raise the money by
undertaking his biggest stunt ever – jumping 15 buses, one
more than Evel Knievel himself ever dared. After all, he's
got to get Frank all better so he can kick his ass!