Hot Rod (2007)
(dir. Akiva Schaffer)
I don’t know how I’ve lived the last six years of my life without this movie. It is beyond fantastic—it is inspiring. Like a beautiful bald eagle flying over a mountain range. Or a bottle nose dolphin doing whatever it is bottle nose dolphins do.
Hot Rod is all about Rod (Andy Samberg), who is a stunt dude. Well, he really, really wishes he was. He has his loyal team and they help him build ramps, clear out the pool, and put him out when he is on fire. Now Rod has always wanted his stepdad’s respect, which means he has to beat him up. Makes perfect sense. Except Rod’s stepdad needs a new heart or he will die. OH NO.
Rod can’t have this, so he sets out on a stunt-full adventure to raise money so he can save his stepdad. And then kick his ass. Super punch!
What a champ. What a mother fuckin’ champ.
Bill Hader, Danny MacBride, and Jorma Taccone make up Rod’s team and they are hi-larious. Check out these sweet dance moves:
That’s pure magic right there. Although Richardson’s dance moves are pretty good too:
And not only does Hot Rod have friendship, cool beans, pools—which are perfect for holding water, moustaches, a dog that walked itself home, and THE BEST STUNTS EVER, it also has love. Awww, right? Rod is super in love with Denise (Isla Fisher), but she has a super douchey boyfriend played by Will Arnett. He drives a Corvette convertible but those are sooooo overrated. Ugh.
If you have a sense of humour (or humor, for you Americans) you will love Hot Rod. And if you are all, “but I do have a sense of humour/humor and I hated Hot Rod”, then I would tell you that you’re wrong. And you’re stupid.