Rod Kimble (Adam Samberg) is a daredevil and self-proclaimed stuntman who is pretty woeful at what he does but still wishes to follow in his late father’s footsteps, who long ago was a daredevil stunt man! Rod lives at home with his mother Marie (Sissy Spacek) and his hard-ass stepfather Frank (Ian McShane) with whom Rod has a standing weekly appointment to physically fight to prove whose more of a man. However when it transpires that Frank needs a heart transplant that they cannot afford Rod is devastated, as he loses any hope of defeating him in hand-to-hand combat. Rods friends and would be stunt crew band together in order to help him raise the $50,000 needed for Franks transplant in a series of stunts that Rod will perform for money! This inner circle include younger brother Kevin (Jorma Taccone) Dave (Bill Hader) Rico(Danny McBride) sexy neighbour Denise (Isla Fisher) who all help Rod in preparing for the stunt of his life.
To be honest hot rod does not ask you too much as far as attention to story or plot it offers something much more rewarding… laugh’s and lots of them! American comedy troupe The Lonely Island, are the masterminds behind this freakishly random and horrendously funny work of pure genus. Adam Samberg, Jorma Taccone both co-wrote and starred alongside director Akiva Schaffer who had a nice cameo. The three use a comedy style that had worked wonders for them have created something of a mixture of Talladega Nights with Napoleon Dynamite. It is no wonder Hot Rod has become such a clut classic. It is a low budget, hit and miss comedy that’s not to everyone’s taste but to those who love it will withstand being watched over and over again, in fact I think it is the type of movie that gets better upon every watch!
Why did I choose this movie? look at the cast! Not only do we have The Lonely Island crew but also Bill Hader, Danny McBride and Chris Parnell, men who are behind such comedy’s as 21 Jump Street, Anchorman, Your Highness , Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express, I wanna watch all of those again now! What you get is 88 minutes or so of laugh out loud and laugh louder comedy that you will wanna watch over and over again!!