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ages 13+ | 45 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Hot Rod is a 2007 American comedy film written by Pam Brady (along with Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, who were uncredited) and directed by Akiva Schaffer. It stars Andy Samberg, Sissy Spacek, Jorma Taccone, Will Arnett, Danny R. McBride, Ian McShane, Isla Fisher, and Bill Hader. It was originally written with Will Ferrell in mind (he is credited as executive producer). The film was released in America on August 3, 2007. It was rated PG-13 in the United States and 12A in the United Kingdom. This is The Lonely Island's first feature film. Throughout his entire life, Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) believed his father, now deceased, was a successful and respectable stuntman working for Evel Knievel. He aspires to follow in his father's footsteps and become a famous stuntman himself. Meanwhile, his stepfather Frank (Ian McShane) fails to respect Rod as a man, often going out of his way to beat him in sparring sessions and mocking his stuntman dream. Rod makes many attempts at landing jumps with his moped, most of them ending unsuccessfully. After an ill-fated jump attempt at the public pool, he returns home to find out that Frank is in urgent need of a heart transplant.


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Rated PG-13 for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    With in the first five minutes I was like this is either going to be the dumbest movie I have ever seen or one of the funniest. Well It turned out to be one of the funniest. What I have have found with others is either you love this movie or you hate it, there is no middle ground. It is a a totally goofy type movie with of the wall type humor but I felt it was kind of a new fresh type of comedy. I still feel like this movie is worth the gamble to see if you like it or not, cause if you do, you will extremely like it. There is a lot of bad language in it, and some crude humor that definitely make this film warrant the PG-13 rating.

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  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Did you read Rob's review? Well stated. Swearing, why is there always so much swearing in movies like these? If the language wasn't so bad it would be more enjoyable.

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    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    If you like completely stupid movies and are a fan of Andy Samberg, this could well be worth your time!

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    If it had been made five years ago, "Hot Rod" probably would have starred Will Ferrell. Or 10 years ago, it would have been an Adam Sandler vehicle. But today it serves as a launching pad for Andy Samberg, who like Ferrell and Sandler before him, has used television's "Saturday Night Live" to start a movie career. And this lovable-loser comedy definitely bears a strong resemblance to Ferrell and Sandler's early films, though thankfully it's neither as crude as some of Ferrell's nor as mean-spirited as most of Sandler's. "Hot Rod" is pretty dumb, and a good half of its gags fall flat — but homages to cheesy '80s cinema and television are worth a couple of chuckles, such as references to "Flashdance," "Manimal" and "Footloose." Samberg stars as the title character, a would-be stuntman named Rod Kimble. Rod has tried — unsuccessfully — to make a series of jumps on his moped. And yet he's now planning an even bigger stunt — where he'll jump 15 school buses. The jump is supposed to help raise the funds for his tough-as-nails stepfather's heart-transplant surgery. As you can probably tell from the trailers, most of the film consists of slapstick-style vehicle crashes and pratfalls. And director Akiva Schaffer (another "Saturday Night Live" contributor) lets a few skits/scenes run on a little too long. But Samberg is likable, and he works well with veterans Sissy Spacek and Ian McShane, who play his mother and stepfather. In support, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader and Danny R. McBride are amusing as Rod's "team." And Isla Fisher is sweet as his prospective love interest — even if she shows little of her "Wedding Crashers" tartness. The usually amusing Will Arnett is a bit off as her jerk boyfriend, though. "Hot Rod" is rated PG-13 for comic violence (brawling, pratfalls, explosive and vehicular mayhem), occasional strong profanity (including one use of the so-called "R-rated" curse word), some crude sexual humor (sight gags and references), brief drug content (LSD use and references), slurs based on sexual preference, brief gore, and glimpses of nude art (a tattoo). Running time: 88 minutes. E-MAIL: jeff@desnews.com

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Okfor ages12+