An epic of epics, only not, Hot Rod is a goofy comedy that fares a bit better than most, but still doesn't succeed in being anything special.
Hot Rod stars Andy Samberg as Rod Kimble, a young man who has aspired to make his dream come true: become a professional stuntman. While he certainly has the passion, he doesn't have the skill, and his stunts are generally nothing more than failed embarrassments. Nonetheless, when his evil stepfather (Ian McShane) falls ill, Rod realizes he won't be able to kick the old man's ass fairly unless he can pay for an operation to make him better. Along with his loyal crew and love interest Denise (Isla Fisher), Rod sets out to do a dangerous stunt that will make him the money he needs.
Hot Rod is a pretty stupid movie, but then again, it's meant to be. That being said, it's not stupid like Epic Movie or Date Movie where you feel your brain cells popping sporadically as your hand twitches with revulsion; it's a safer, calmer, more harmless movie. Sure, it has a few crude moments, but for the most part it relies on its lead character's naive eagerness to entertain us. Rod does one stupid thing after another, but Rod is likable and what he does is just silly. The creators of the [Fill in the blank] Movie franchise should take a note from Hot Rod: you don't have to be completely ludicrous to be funny.
I also give props to Samberg, who is great in the lead. He fits the role perfectly, and brings a lot of enthusiasm to the man.
That being said, I don't mean to lay too much praise on Hot Rod. It's easy to watch, relatively entertaining, and has Isla Fisher in it, who is quickly rising up the chart as one of my favorite hotties, but it is so harmless it's nearly forgettable. Literally, I almost forgot to write this review. It has funny parts, but it isn't that funny; it's more cute than anything else.
What else can I say? If you like brainless comedies about brainless people, Hot Rod isn't so bad, but it's no classic.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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