Have you ever contemplated what it would be like if you were somebody else? HUH? What do you mean 'No'? You liar! Of course you have! A hero of some sorts. An actor of some standing. Or a profession of some status. There! Now you're talking! Just like this film in fact. One Directed by Akiva Schaffer; and Starring: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher, and Sissy Spacek. It was made in 2007, and last for 88 minutes.
Now when Rod Kimble's (Andy Samberg) loving Mother, Marie (Sissy Spacek), told him that his stepfather, Frank (Ian McShane), desperately needs some major heart surgery to stay alive; you might have thought that this revelation would've made Ron one sad looking teenager!
But no. It does not. Ron hates Frank. In fact, Ron hates Frank so much, he is willing to follow in his deceased Father footsteps -- and become a stunt-man -- just so he can raise enough money for his operation -- $50,000 -- and then, once Frank get's better, kick the living shit out of him.
Yeah! I'm not messing about, folks! Ron's mate, Dave (Bill Hader), can sorts out his mechanics for him. Ron's other mate, Rico (Danny McBride), can build him some ramps. His half-brother, Kevin (Jorma Taccone), can be his own personal documentarian. Plus his girl pal, Denise (Isla Fisher) can be... errr... the pretty young girl he fancy's.
Furthermore, not only does Rod need some accompaniment on this crazy crusade, but he also needs to bash, crash, and slash his way into physical fitness first, before he can then charge his way through numerous 'stages performances': for Mayors, for minors, and for maudlin housewives too.
Phew! Now doesn't all of that sound very impressive to you, dear reader? However, is it as impressive as when Kevin manages to capture all of Ron stunts on film, and then, with some help from his friends, stages a theatrical viewing in a cinema to raise the money in question? Or is it as impressive as when when said theatrical viewing somehow manages to makes Ron lose his cash, lose his gang, and lose his faith in humanity in the process?
Still, whatever the case may be, I suppose that is why what next transpires all begins when a Radio station comes a calling. As turnaround is fair play - a pretty young girl sees the way - you've gotta just love a stunt - and at when push comes to shove, it has been known that a very ill parent can be a right f*king c*nt.
Cool beans baby. Cool-cool beans.
Now when I first sat down and watched 'Hot Rod', I have to admit, I didn't think that I would like it very much. Honestly. I remember the era this film attempts to depict as if it were only yesterday (the 1980's). It was a time where people carried around filofaxes had big hair, bigger ego's, and thought that the word 'cool' would somehow make them cool just by saying it out loud. But it wasn't cool you know. No. Not by a long shot.
Granted, in my mind I liked to think of it as being cool. But it wasn't. I would have much rather preferred it to be something like the aforementioned film: staged on occasion, cheesy by nature, crass here and there, yet by in large a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs that came across like a mixture 'Happy Day's' meets 'Jackass' rolled into one.
Overall, though, ‘Hot Rod’ is one great film. If you like your comedies’ bold, your music eighties, and your stunts silly, then you have to watch this flick. Here, check this out for a taster...