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  • Summary: Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem--his step-father Frank is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a ragdoll in their weekly sparring sessions, and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation and then...kick his ass. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. 75
    Rod is played by Andy Samberg from "Saturday Night Live," who on the basis of this film, I think, could become a very big star.
  2. Reviewed by: Jonah Weiner
    75
    The fantasy here – dubious as life choices go, but great for a 90-minute comedy – is that you can stay 16 forever.
  3. 67
    Hot Rod keeps a sweet tone that's filled with affection for its characters, and enough laughs to become this summer's most mildly recommendable comedy.
  4. 50
    Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, "Jackass"-style wipeouts and there are nice supporting turns from Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) as Rod's love interest and Bill Hader as one of his goofball friends.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    40
    Like so many movies from the SNL factory, there are perhaps 10 to 15 minutes of good, gag-worthy material here stretched out to interminable lengths. Or to put it another way: It's a very small dick in an oversized box.
  6. 38
    I laughed, then I wished it was funnier, then I just wished it would end.
  7. 16
    The filmmakers lack any visual sense of humor and any talent for sustaining long-form comedy; the stunts have less wallop than a TV bloopers show and the Oedipal family slapstick goes around in circles, in more ways than one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 52
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 52
  3. Negative: 7 out of 52
  1. Oct 15, 2010
    10
    great movie, it really connects with people who are smart enough to understand that the stupidity of the movie is intentional. in that sense, this is the funniest movie ive ever seen, and should be enjoyed by lots of people. Expand
  2. Jun 14, 2013
    9
    Good movie, as long as you're going in expecting a light-hearted comedy, and understand the stupidity is why it is funny and it is intentional.
  3. Jul 8, 2013
    9
    This movie was so crazy funny that I can't believe it did so badly. It's actually just a huge bummer to know we might not get more from this team of people. Maybe it's not for everybody. Certainly it is quite low brow. Anybody who is a fan of the Lonely Island's work is going to find lots to like about this movie. Expand
  4. Sep 15, 2013
    8
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, me parecio muy buena."Hot Rod" tuvo una comedia diferente a las otras peliculas de comedia que he visto, tuvo dialogos muy comicos y un protagonista muy gracioso. Expand
  5. Oct 16, 2011
    7
    Its all silly and preposterous, but Andy Samberg does a great job in racking up the audience with the movie as well using his great, brazen performance. HE made "Hot Rod" such a funny movie. Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2012
    7
    A funny movie that's jokes are at times stupid and not funny, but for most of the movie the you will be laughing and enjoying yourself, so long as you are willing to overlook a few stupid and unfunny moments. Expand
  7. Jul 26, 2011
    6
    For reasons unknown I had never heard of nor seen this movie until last weekend. The story and comedy are simple, its not as indy as Napoleon Dynamite and doesnt have the greatest story ever for a low budget movie, at times its pretty dumb however there are some laughs in some scenes, particularly in its dialog and its quotable script. I wished the movie hadnt taken the easy route of a standard underdog story with a predictable happy ending but the movie does have its moments, it does have some quotable lines and I recommend for fans of random comedy. Expand

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