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Hot Rod

Hot Rod
Andy Sanberg, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane, Jorma Taccone,
Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Chris Parnell and Sissy Spacek

Rated: PG-13 for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: August 3, 2007 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Any film that has as its climax a fight between a taco and a cheese sandwich has some serious problems.

Rod Kimble (Andy Sanberg) has a sick step father (Ian McShane) who must have $50,000 to save his life. Rod's motivation is to save his step father so he can beat the heck out of him and show his manhood to the only father figure he truly remembers. Sissy Spacek, his mother, has convinced Rod that his real father was a premier stunt driver and Rod wants to follow in dear-old-dad's footsteps.

The first jump we see has Rod failing to jump a swimming pool and ending up in the middle of the water. While he continues his quest he becomes friendly with Denise (Isla Fisher) of Wedding Crashers and The Lookout, who obviously has some interest in the clueless Rod. She lights up the film but not enough to save this sappy comedy.

While Rod sports a "Tony's Auto" shirt his mother, (Sissy Spacek) an academy award winner who is lost in this drab, boring empty headed script, floats around the house acting as if it were a normal household.

With a series of events that are just slightly related the so called plot flows on through a video production which Rod is proud of until everyone in the preview audience finds it comical.

It all focuses on an attempt to jump 15 buses with his dirt bike for radio station KNER 1080 AM to get the money and batter his stepfather. I couldn't wait for the big jump scene because it was coming at the end of the film.

Who assumes that yelling and repeating phrases over and over and acting in as limited a manner as possible, is comedy, needs to check in with reality.

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