Hot Rod
Hot Rod (2007)

Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble has a problem--his step-father Frank 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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 3, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A few funny scenes can't save the disjointed Hot Rod, which is too silly and sloppy to hold up.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

What works, wonderfully, are the falls, the punch-outs (his brawls with Stepdad are brutal throw-downs) and waiting for that next accident to happen.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

Started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, "You know what? I'll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek."

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

People like me who are fans of sophomoric humor, it's a hoot.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

If you're looking for plausibility, this is not your movie. If you're looking for laughs, this is not your movie. If you like seeing delusional overgrown adolescents fall down a lot, then this one's for you.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Samberg can't carry this, though director Akiva Schaffer supplies some hilarious, Jackass-style wipeouts.

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A perennial problem with comedy from regular collaborators is that the results feel too much like friends' in-jokes.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

We know from the Lazy Sunday bits Samberg's a funny guy, but he doesn't have enough to work with here.

Tony Wong
Toronto Star

Imagine a Stand by Me on wheels, with dialogue spoken by 20-something actors instead of 12-year-olds, and you have the essence of the script.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Awesomely dumb slapstick is for teens and adults only.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
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Melvin White
Rod Kimble: Who wants to see me do a big-ass stunt? "Smack Destiny In The Face" Hot Rod is a weird, weird movie. I don't see a target audience… More
Manu Gino
Smack destiny in the face. Good Comedy! This film is not for everyone: it has no stars and the comedy is very strange. But give it a chance and you will not… More
Thomas Bowler
Frequently funny but lacking any true comedy punches. Full review later.
Chris Weber
Oh man, how it boggles my mind to think that they got so many talented people to be a part of this. Rod Kimble is a delusional, would be stuntman who dreams of… More
Sam Barnett
Consistently hilarious in that random SNL Digital Short way, yet completely insubstantial and forgettable, Hot Rod comes out to be a weightless but undeniably… More