Hot Rod


Andy Samberg stars as an accident-prone daredevil who plans to jump Snake River on a moped in an effort to emulate his hero Evel Knievel and win over his hard-to-please stepfather (Ian McShane).

Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Taylor is preparing for the jump of his life. Rod plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. He'll land the jump, get Frank better, and then fight him, hard.

‘Hot Rod’ and ‘Into the Wild’ Come to Blu-ray on December 16th

You can enjoy two recent Paramount releases in high-def right in time for the holidays. Hot Rod and Into the Wild will both be released on Blu-ray on December 16. We have no pricing details at this time, but you can find cover art and special features details below.

Amateur stuntman Rod Kimble (ANDY SAMBERG) has a problem - his step-father Frank (IAN MCSHANE) is a jerk. Frank picks on Rod, tosses him around like a rag doll in their weekly sparring sessions, and definitely doesn't respect him, much less his stunts. But when Frank falls ill, it's up to Rod to stage the jump of his life in order to save his step-father. The plan: Jump 15 buses, raise the money for Frank's heart operation, and then... kick his ass.

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‘Hot Rod’ Launches on DVD November 27

The laughs will be aplenty this November.

Rod lives at home with his loving mom Marie (Sissy Spacek), jerk of a stepfather Frank (Ian McShane) and nerdy stepbrother Kevin (Jorma Taccone). He doesn't have a job, and can usually be found doing stunts on his moped, attempting to jump over everything from milk trucks to public swimming pools. Rod and his team - Dave (Bill Hader), the mechanic; Rico (Danny McBride), the ramp builder and Kevin, the team manager/videographer - are inseparable. It's almost like they share a brain. When Rod's neighbor Denise (Isla Fisher) joins the team, the group's IQ virtually doubles.

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Movie PictureI walked out of Hot Rod hating every awful minute of it. By the time I got home, I decided that I actually did like it, and I wanted to see it again. Hung-Huh? Yeah, it's that kind of movie. It takes the Bunuelian road of obscure subtext, tacks on a little Dali, slathers it with a heaping pile of stunts culled from the Merrie Melodies archives, and then sticks it all into a blender once owned by Adam Sandler when he was still going to college.

It's of a new genre of comedy. Call it "Surrealist Hipster Slapstick". The piece knows it's being utterly stupid. And not at all funny. That, folks, is what's supposed to make you laugh. It's a lot like a Neil Hamburger joke. You're not supposed to be amused by how funny the punch line is. You are supposed to be laughing at the crude, ill-advised delivery of the improbable, unfunny punch line. It's more performance art than it is comedy. Though, yes, sometimes it can be hilarious in spite of itself. But that happens rarely, and I think the few moments that do earn an actual laugh happened completely by accident.

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COMIC-CON 2007: Hear the ‘Stardust’ and ‘Hot Rod’ Panels!

Continuing our Paramount panel coverage we've got the cast and crew of Stardust on file talking about their much talked about fantasy epic.

Stardust Panel at Comic-con 2007

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