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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 hisAmateur 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: 47 out of 54
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 54
  3. Negative: 7 out of 54
  1. PK
    Sep 6, 2009
    10
    Far better than the over-rated Superbad, which was released around the same time. Hilariously awkward nerdy comedy.
  2. TimF.
    Jan 4, 2008
    10
    It's stupid humor done to perfection.
  3. TimM
    May 18, 2009
    10
    This movie takes all the great parts of Napoleon Dynamite and adds to it with hilarious stunts and overly cheesy humor. This is one of the This movie takes all the great parts of Napoleon Dynamite and adds to it with hilarious stunts and overly cheesy humor. This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Expand
  4. NicoleG.
    Aug 17, 2007
    8
    This movie is darn right entertaining. No, it's not going to win any awards, but that's not what it's set out to do, it'sThis movie is darn right entertaining. No, it's not going to win any awards, but that's not what it's set out to do, it's there to make you laugh, and that's just what it does...the ENTIRE time! an y movie that can make you laugh for days after is well worth the overpriced movie ticket. C-c-c-c-c-coool b-b-b-b-eans. Expand
  5. AllenG
    Apr 4, 2009
    8
    Good stoner comedy if you ask me. If your not into being silly and not putting reasoning into every part, i think anyone could enjoy it.. Good stoner comedy if you ask me. If your not into being silly and not putting reasoning into every part, i think anyone could enjoy it.. stoners especially. Collapse
  6. WeynonP.
    Aug 8, 2007
    7
    Fretty decent, don't take it seriously, its just a movie (and a funny one at that) I missed the first 20 minutes still good.
  7. WayneB.
    Aug 1, 2007
    0
    Isla Fisher wasted in the stupidest movie I have ever seen. Sad to see the fat guy from All the Real Girls sink so low just to make a few bucks.

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