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Hot Rod (2007)

(PG-13) 88 mins

Plot Summary: Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life – to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank’s life-saving heart operation.

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Writer: Pam Brady

Stars: Andy SambergIsla Fisher and Ian McShane

Serious Jest:  (Must Own)  This is one of the most under-rated comedies I’ve seen.  If you’re a fan of The Lonely Island and Saturday Night Live‘s Digital Shorts, and/or Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (according to IMDB, Hot Rod was originally intended as a vehicle for  Will Ferrell, who received executive-producer credit), you’ll love this movie.  I’ve got Samberg fever.  He just gets me.

Both the story and dialogue were creative, interesting, and funny.  The cast really brought it home, too.  Not only did the SNL fraternity, including Bill Hader and Chris Parnell, kill it, but McShane and Danny McBride had me straight up ROTFLMAO…not just LOL…seriously.  And who is this Chester Tam guy?  He’s funny!  Props also go to Fisher, Sissy Spacek, and Will Arnett; their parts were not written to be hilarious, but they were crucial to the story, and the actors delivered solid performances, as usual.

Add this movie to your collection, so that the next time you find yourself repeating the question “YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HOT ROD?!” to one of your uncultured friends, you can actually strap him down and make him watch it like in A Clockwork Orange, instead of just awkwardly staring at him like Joe Pa at Sandusky before looking the other way.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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