Directed by Akiva Schaffer
“Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) has a problem – his step-father Frank (Ian McShane) is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll 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 @$$.”
“Hot Rod” is rated PG-13 for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content.
Andy Samberg is funny enough as Rod, but the big laughs, for me, came from the secondary characters. I particularly liked Danny R. McBride as Rico. He’s insane and potentially violent. Whether he’s attacking a guy on the street or randomly slapping people on the hand, he made me laugh repeatedly. (I imagine the fact that his jokes weren’t in the trailer helped a lot.) Chris Parnell also adds some bizarre laughs as Barry Pasternak, an AM radio announcer.
If you like Samberg or movies with buffoonish, goofy characters then “Hot Rod” is for you. Otherwise save an hour of your life and just watch the trailer.
There’s a decent selection of bonus features. You have your typical commentary, outtakes, and “making of” featurette. There are also 15 minutes of Deleted & Extended Scenes. Rounding out the extras are samples of Kevin’s Videos, an entire featurette on Rod’s “Punch Dance”, and footage of the Orchestra Recording Session.