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Hot Rod (2007)

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Release Date
• USA: Aug 3, 2007
BoxOffice: $13.6M

Official Website:
Hot Rod Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for crude humor, language, some comic drug-related and violent content.

Running Time
1 hour, 28 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures, Broadway Video, Lonely Island, The

Studio Paramount Pictures

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Other Titles
• Hot Rod (2007)

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Genre: Comedy

Tagline: Smack destiny in the face

Plot: Amateur suburban stunt man Rod Kimble (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Andy Samberg) believes he’s destined to follow in the footsteps of his late father, who made test runs of Evel Knievel’s stunts before the better-known daredevil repeated them and took all the glory. Kimble risks life and limb strictly for fun and the entertainment of the neighborhood kids, but when his macho stepfather, Frank (DEADWOOD's Ian McShane)--who repeatedly beats and belittles Rod in basement sparring matches--develops a life-threatening heart ailment, Rod attempts the biggest jump of his career to raise the $50,000 necessary to get Frank a heart transplant so that he can have one last chance to fight Frank and prove his manhood.

HOT ROD establishes its mission statement early on when Rod pedals his moped past a Salvation Army thrift store in his sloppily hand-decorated costume. Seemingly inspired by NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, THE KARATE KID, and the HAPPY DAYS episode in which the Fonz attempts to jump his motorcycle over 14 garbage cans, director Akiva Schaffer (Samberg’s longtime cohort in the online comedy venture THE LONELY ISLAND) sets Pam Brady’s (TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE) screenplay in what seems like the mid-1980’s (complete with Europe-heavy hair metal soundtrack), though allowing for the existence of

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 Directed by
Akiva Schaffer
Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Live
 Written by
Pam Brady
Dallas, Hamlet 2, Team America: World Police
Isla Fisher
Wedding Crashers, The Lookout, Horton Hears a Who!
Sissy Spacek
JFK, The Straight Story, The Ring Two
Chris Parnell
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Down with Love, The Grand
Ken Kirzinger
Freddy vs. Jason, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
Andy Samberg
Space Chimps
Jorma Taccone
Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader
Superbad, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
 Music By
Trevor Rabin
Armageddon, Snakes on a Plane, Gone in Sixty Seconds

Andy Samberg in Hot Rod Wallpaper 2
©2007 Paramount Pictures

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