Thursday, June 5, 2008
Movie Review: Hot Rod
A comedy in which self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble (Andy Samberg) is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation.
If you're wondering who the heck Andy Samberg is and why is he starring in a movie, he's a Saturday Night Live cast member who has grown to fame with the internet crowd from such viral video hits as Dick In A Box and Lazy Sunday, both brilliant and hilarious videos. I was worried that type humor couldn't sustain over the length of a full movie, and to some extent I think I was right. The movie drags and bit and borders at times on annoying, like a SNL skit run too long, but there are a lot of really funny, laugh-out-loud moments that I really got a kick out of.
The whole movie is really more of an 80s type farce or send-up of the underdog type movie. It reminded me a bit of The Jerk maybe (one of my all-time faves), and also seemed a bit like some earlier Adam Sandler or Wil Ferrell films with a lot of physical comedy. Obviously it also wanted to be a bit of Napoleon Dynamite as well so there's a lot of quirkyness.
The cast helped carry it at times as they have some really funny people doing a lot of silly stuff, like Bill Hader, Chris Parnell and Jorma Taccone from SNL. This helps a lot because as I said earlier, Samberg is hilarious for a couple of minutes but can border on annoying pretty quickly. Surrounding him with other funny scene stealers helped the movie a lot. This same strategy of using "comedy troops" has been really successful in movies like Knocked Up and Super Bad.
Overall it's just a really silly, dumb movie that plays like a bunch of SNL skits throw together, but it's got some really funny moments and is a fun watch if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. If you've ever wanted to see a guy punch dancing in the woods or wondered who would win a fight between a taco and a grilled cheese sandwhich... it's definitely a fit for you.