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Hot Rod (2007)

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Hot Rod is a American comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer and written by Pam Brady. The film stars Andy Samberg as amateur stuntman Rod Kimble, whose stepfather, Frank, continuously mocks and disrespects him. When Frank becomes ill, Rod raises money for his heart operation by executing his largest stunt yet. The film also stars Jorma Taccone, Sissy Spacek, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher and Bill Hader.

The film was originally drafted by Pam Brady as a vehicle for Saturday Night Live star Will Ferrell, but the project never commenced. Lorne Michaels convinced Paramount to let The Lonely Island, which was gaining fame for its work on SNL, take over the film. The group subsequently rewrote the film with a heavy emphasis on offbeat surreal humor. It was shot in Vancouver in the summer of 2006. The score is by former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin, and the soundtrack features several songs by the Swedish rock band Europe.

Throughout his life, Rod Kimble has believed his dead father was a successful and respectable stuntman working for Evel Knievel. He aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a famous stuntman himself. His stepfather, Frank, does not respect Rod as a man, often going out of his way to beat him in sparring sessions and mocking his stuntman dreams. Rod makes many attempts at landing jumps with his Tomos moped, most of them unsuccessful. After another failed jump attempt at a public pool, he returns home to learn that Frank is in urgent need of a heart transplant that the family’s health insurance will not cover. Angered at the thought of his stepfather dying without getting a chance to gain his respect and lose a fight to him at least once, Rod runs into the woods to let out his fury and tumbles down a steep hill. At the bottom of the hill he sees an inspirational billboard and gets an idea. Rod quickly heads over to his team (his childhood friends Rico and Dave and his half-brother Kevin), telling them he plans to do a jump over 15 schoolbuses and use the proceeds to fund Frank’s surgery. He also adds Denise, his neighbor on whom he has a crush, to his crew.

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Writer: Pam Brady

Stars: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Sissy Spacek, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, Isla Fisher, Bill Hader, Ian McShane


Andy SambergRod Kimble
Jorma TacconeKevin Powell
Bill HaderDave
Danny McBrideRico
Isla FisherDenise
Sissy SpacekMarie Powell
Ian McShaneFrank Powell
Will ArnettJonathan
Chris ParnellBarry Pasternack
Chester TamRichardson
Mark AchesonHomeless Dude
Brittany TipladyMaggie
Ken KirzingerTrailer Guy
Britt IrvinCathy
Alana HusbandWaitress
Andrew MoxhamSullivan
Terri Anne TaylorAngry Mom (as Terri O’Neill)
Alvin SandersFurious Boss
Chris EastmanEMT
Paulo RibeiroEMT
Paul HerbertEMT
Carly McKillipHigh School Girl
Donavon StinsonHeckler
John DestryProjectionist
Doug AbrahamsPolice Officer
Frank C. TurnerFisherman
Henry MichaelsBoy Stealing Wheelchair
Gillian BarberRiot Singer
Sammy FattedadRiot Singer
William S. TaylorRiot Singer
Mi-Jung LeeNewswoman
Carrie RuscheinskyHippie Girl
Charlie HopeAutograph Kid
Matthew GallagherAutograph Kid
Viktoria KampbellAutograph Kid (as Victoria Campbell)
Titan ToyishGown
Josh HommeGown (as Joshua Homme)
Joseph CastilloGown
Alain MoschulskiGown
Troy Van LeeuwenGown
Jesse HaddockCrowd Member
Ometa GittensCrowd Member
Aaron AuTaco
Brett ChanGrilled Cheese
John BurnsideScrooge
Stephen AltmanRod’s Dad (uncredited)
Ryan HessConstruction Worker (uncredited)
Jennifer LaPlacaCashier (uncredited)
Meghan K. LeesCheer Girl (uncredited)
Tom MacNeillCrowd Member (uncredited)
Elizabeth McCarthy MeekGrocery Store Mom (uncredited)
Queens of the Stone AgeGown (uncredited)
Marjorie RodenCrowd Member (uncredited)
Akiva SchafferDerrick (uncredited)
Patricia SchafferWoman with Grocery Bags Dodging Flyers (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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