Pretty funny in an endearingly stupid way, though its reliance on an undersketched romance, pratfalls and 80s stylistic asides gets tiresome. You can tell Samberg was really talented and an earnest performer, and almost all of the film's best moments are small line deliveries and gestures, not the over-reaching absurdity that was trendy post-Anchorman.
though i've been a fan of the lonely island crew for quite sometime, i've always thought hot rod was so hyped by everyone that it could only disappoint me in every way imaginable. so i'm really glad that it turned out to be hilarious, sweet and epic. Cool Beans.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Hot Rod was dumb as shit but I actually laughed out loud several times. I don't think I could've appreciated it during the Lonely Island tenure on SNL but there was enough ridiculousness to actually make me miss Andy Samberg. Finally, an SNL movie not based on an SNL skit.
i went on a really long run yesterday and got home exhuasted. my GF is out of town too. and "hot rod" is on netflix instant. one thing lead to another. there are about a half dozen really funny scenes in this, and they make up for all the stuff that doesn't work. i think you know in your heart of hearts that watching andy samberg fight al swearagen is something a part of you wants to see, right?
This movie is host to such infinite wisdom. Like a Taco would win over a grilled cheese sandwich in a fight IF prison rules apply. I can definitely say that this movie enriched my relationship with my half-brother. I think all half-brothers should be like Rod and Kevin.
I had one laugh out loud moment thanks to Danny McBride, I did have a smirk on face for a good portion of the film. I am really getting sick of people referencing their childhood/growing up, FUCK NOSTALGIA. Anyway, Andy Samberg is the least interesting about this film...
This is what modern comedy should look like: not a series of poorly executed topical references and pop-culture awareness extravaganza, but purely in its own right ridiculousness. That kind of subversiveness, and the suggestion that there are some odd, unfathomable people, is truly admirable.