For Rod Kimball, performing stunts is a way of life, even though he is rather accident-prone. Poor Rod cannot even get any respect from his stepfather, Frank, who beats him up in weekly sparring matches. When Frank falls ill, Rod devises his most outrageous stunt yet to raise money for Frank's operation -- and then Rod will kick Frank's butt.
It was funny in some parts, but everything else felt forced and over the top.
_**Andy Samberg plays an Evel Knieval wannabe in this fun flick**_ A brave-but-klutzy moped stuntman with a fake mustache (Andy Samberg) plans his most death-defying stunt, jumping 15 buses, to attain the money needed to save his stepfather with a weak heart (Ian McShane). Isla Fisher, Sissy Spacek, Bill Hader and Danny McBride costar. “Hot Rod” (2007) is quirky with goofy humor, but good-hearted. There’s thankfully no raunch to be found. Samberg is effective as the protagonist while Isla is always a winsome pleasure. There’s not much else to say except this stunt comedy fills the bill when you just wanna turn off your brain for some silly fun. The soundtrack is notable with several tracks by Europe, etc., including "You're the Voice" by John Farnham. The movie runs 1 hour, 28 minutes, and was shot in the general Vancouver area, British Columbia. GRADE: B-/B