Hot Rod tells the story of Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg), an amateur stuntman who dreams of breaking into the big time and proving his stunt credentials to his stepfather, Frank (Ian McShane) to gain his respect.
Rod’s crew consists solely of his friends and despite their best efforts he hasn’t been able to land any jumps so far.
Soon enough his old neighbour Denise (Isla Fisher) returns home and love sick Rod invites her to join the team. When Frank falls ill Rod decides to do a huge stunt to raise funds.
Hot Rod was originally written with Will Ferrell in mind but ended up as a Lonely Island project, with the members of that taking over the main roles.
This is one of those films like Old School or Anchorman but it just doesn’t have that quality of comedy. That’s not to say this is because Ferrell isn’t involved but while amusing in places Hot Rod just didn’t spark with me.
There are some decent performances – Ian McShane, Isla Fisher and Bill Hader do well with what they’re given and Samberg isn’t bad in the main role but I just didn’t think this movie came together well enough to impress.
Hot Rod definitely isn’t a bad film. It’s an average comedy in the vein of Napoleon Dynamite or Stepbrothers. Your enjoyment of it will probably depend on how much you like those types of comedies but there are plenty of better examples (including the four mentioned in this review) that I’d recommend instead.